Hundreds of owners of land in Sabza Zar held a protest against the LDA and the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) for illegally blocking the transfer of their plots.
They demanded of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Chief Justices of Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court to take action against the officers responsible for their grievances.
The protester were holding placards and banners against the LDA and the city district government outside the Lahore Press Club and chanting slogans against the authorities concerned.
They alleged that the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) had acquired their lands for the construction of Ravi River Cunnter in 1988 with the promise of providing them developed plots. They claimed that the LDA had allocated them developed plots in Sabza Zar Scheme in lieu of the acquired lands but they had neither opened their transfers nor allowed them to construct their residences there.
Many of the affectees claimed that the decision of the LDA and the CDGL to block the transfer and construction of residence was so shocking for their parents that they could not survive it. One of the affectees, Muhammad Amjad, informed this scribe that his father had died only because they were living in a rented house and they could not built their house on their own plot due to the illegal decision of the LDA and CDGL officials.
They alleged that the LDA and CDGL officials had made them shuttlecock between the Irrigation Department and their offices amid claims that the department had some objections over it. They stated the department officers had clearly informed them that they had nothing to do with the issue as their job was just to build Cunnter and nothing beyond it. They claimed quoted Irrigation officials as saying that it was the duty of LDA officers to acquire land and open its transfers, and they did not know as to why they had blocked it.
Most of the owners disclosed that LDA officials had opened transfers of a few plots on different pretexts, including those who had greased their palms or others who were quite influential. They alleged that they had gone to the Lahore High Court against the LDA and the court had given its decision in their favor. The court had also referred the case to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which had also cleared their plots, saying that there was nothing wrong with the plots and their transfers should be opened. They sated that they were unable to know as to why LDA officials were reluctant in opening the transfers of their plots or allowing them to construct their residences.