LAHORE – For improving the living conditions of the residents, the Lahore Development Authority on Wednesday approved independent building regulations for the City’s Katchi Abadies.

Besides paying a nominal fee for the approval of a building plan, the owners can now cover large portions of their plots in these settlements as compared to the covered area in other LDA housing schemes.

A decision in this regard was taken during a governing body meeting. Chaired by District Co-ordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema, it was attended by Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, Additional Director General (Head Quarters) Hafiz Ihsanul Haq, Additional Director General (Housing) Mansoor Qadir, WASA Managing Director Dr Javed Iqbal, LDA Chief Engineer Abdur Rab, TEPA Chief Engineer Saifur Rahman, Chief Town Planner Waseem Ahmad Khan, and representatives of the Local Government, Housing, Planning & development, and Finance departments.

The owners of the dwelling units up to three “marlas” could now cover 80 percent of the available land, with the condition to leave 20 percent open area anywhere within the unit, the meeting decided.

Houses from three-to-five marla could now cover 70 percent and would be allowed to leave 30 percent area anywhere in the unit.

However, normal building regulations will apply on any unit beyond five marlas in these Abadies. Units up to three marlas will be charged flat rate of Rs.500 and up to five marlas would be charged Rs.1000 as building plan approval fee by LDA.

Building plans as well as addition /alteration plans will be entertained and sanctioned only for those units for which LDA has executed sale deeds. This is necessary in order to preserve features of the old structures to determine the eligibility of the dwellers for proprietary rights/ execution of sale deeds where after their title on the units is established.

The meeting also approved, in principle, the project for carrying out improvement and rehabilitation works on the Ferozepur Road — from the Qartaba Chowk to Khaira Distributory in Chungi Amer Sidhu. It also approved the installation of gantry signs (warning signs displaying height restriction messages), at the underpasses at Canal Bank Road (from Dharampura underpass to Tokhar Niaz Baig.) However, estimates of expenditure on both these projects would be got vetted by the provincial Planning and Development and the Finance departments.
APPOINTED: LDA Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen has posted Rana Usman Anver as Director Estate Management, LDA Avenue One.

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