LAHORE, Oct 10: The governing body of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to launch a new housing scheme on a piece of land measuring 4,361 kanals in the Punjab capital.

The scheme will be developed along the road linking Khayaban-i-Jinnah and Defence roads. Presided over by District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Cheema, the body meeting on Monday approved remodelling of the Model Town Link Road from Maulana Shaukat Ali Road to Pace shopping centre. The dual carriageway with service roads and parking provision on both sides will be built at a cost of Rs186.66 million.

The authority decided to auction off 49 plots of Venus Housing Scheme to generate revenue and complete development work in the scheme. Schedule of the auction will be announced later. The authority approved construction of incomplete roads in the scheme at a cost of Rs30.38 million.

Keeping in view the dengue epidemic, the authority allowed the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to use seven sites for dispensaries in various localities of the city to provide health care to people. The authority adopted a health department notification regarding grant of health professional allowance to its senior medical officers.

LDA Vice-Chairman Aamir Asghar Dar, director general Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, Wasa Vice-Chairman Muhammad Sharif, managing director Dr Javed Iqbal and managing director (Tepa) Farqaleet Meer were also present.

REGULARISATION: In line with a decision of the Punjab government about regularisation of contract employees, the LDA management has regularised the services of its entire teaching and non-teaching staff working on a contract basis from grade 1 to 16 in LDA model high schools.

At a meeting here, the management decided to pay salary to the principal of the LDA Model High School, Johar Town according to basic pay scale 18 instead of fixed pay.