THE Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has found that 1,061 files of plots located in Johar Town phase I and II are missing from its record and the authority had banned any transaction related to these plots.

The decision was made by LDA Director General Omar Rasool following a report of a special committee that had been constituted to scrutinise property files of Johar Town. The committee was formed some days ago after the DG received a large number of complaints of frauds in Johar Town files.

The committee had reported that the credentials of 1,061 files could not be verified because they were not present in LDA record. In the light of the findings of the committee, the DG LDA banned sale and purchase of these plots. Meanwhile, the LDA had also announced that it will not bear responsibility for any deal in these plots. The LDA had also stopped exemption, allocation, possession, issuance of NOC, transfer of plot, approval of building plan and other matters relating to such files.

On Monday, the LDA DG spent the whole day at LDA office Johar Town and personally spoke with hundreds of applicants who had come to resolve their problems. He issued orders to officials concerned to redress genuine grievances of applicants. On a complaint, the DG LDA ordered an inquiry against an official of LDA, Nawaz Butt, on charges of receiving Rs 3,000 from a person for drafting and getting approved building plan of his house.

Under supervision of of the DG, the ‘One Window Cell’ of the LDA had disposed of 460 applications out of 494 that had been received during the week concluding on July 4. The remaining 34 applications will also be disposed off within a day or two. The concerned staff has set the target of disposing of all applications that would be received until July 11.

Source: The News