LAHORE: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General (DG) Muhammad Arif Khan on Saturday gave a briefing on two future housing schemes, which had been approved following the growing residential demands in Lahore.

Addressing a press conference at the LDA Plaza on Saturday, Khan said that the schemes would be governed on the pattern of the Defence Housing Authority, and benefit oversees as well as local Pakistanis.

He said that the first scheme would be established on 25,000 kanals on the left side of Lahore-Raiwind Road. He said that the scheme would be equivalent to the Johar Town Housing Scheme. He also said that the second scheme would be established on Ferozepur Road over an area of 200,000 kanals, which was almost eight times bigger than the Johar Town Housing Scheme.

Capacity: The DG said that the second scheme would be developed in the shape of sectors, adding that both the schemes would have 36 percent of three-marla plots for people with low income. “Both the schemes will consist of 210,000 plots,” he added.

He said that separate colleges for boys and girls, covering an area of over 100 kanals, would be established in the schemes. Moreover, he said that the schemes would have eight high schools for boys and girls, two 100-bedded hospitals, and two community centres.

Job opportunities: Arif Khan said that the projects would provide financial benefits of Rs 135 billion to the owners of the land. He said that the schemes would help promote 30 types of industries, and provide job opportunities to 350,000 unemployed people. “These schemes will help facilitate seven to eight percent of the increasing population of Lahore,” he added.

No land: To a query, the DG said that the schemes had been approved in 2006 and notifications for the acquisition of land had been published in the official gazette. He said that the topographic survey of the land was also in progress. Furthermore, said that the LDA did not have its own land for the schemes, it depended on the land providers, and the land was not being acquired through the land acquisition act. “Its acquisition will be made through offering developed plots to the land providers,” he added. To another question, he said that if the people would not provide the land, the LDA had the option of acquiring it through the law.

Timeframe and cost: About the development cost and starting and completion dates of the schemes, he said, “We do not have any estimate of the development cost. The new government will do the final study of the schemes, so we do not know their starting and completion dates. The names of the schemes are LDA Avenue1-2, but even these names are not final.”

Source: Daily Times