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CM nods regularisation of LDA contractual employees

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to regularisation of contract employees of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and computerisation of entire record of files. 
The CM has also given approval to establishment of three companies, including Construction Management Company, Ravi Zone Development Company and Lahore Water and Sanitation Company. 
Meanwhile, approval in principle has also been given to the project of an elevated expressway from Gulberg to Motorway.  According to a handout, the chief minister was presiding over a meeting that was also attended by Punjab Housing Minister Tanvir Aslam, secretaries of housing, local government and planning and development departments, Lahore Division commissioner, and LDA members to review various matters pertaining to the authority. The LDA director general gave a briefing to the participants of the meeting. 
The chief minister rejected the proposal to increase charges on use of water in private housing schemes under the administrative control of the LDA and directed the departments concerned to first provide better services to citizens. 
The chief minister said that files of plots in LDA schemes would be computerised under a phased programme. Noting that digitalisation of land records of the LDA would facilitate citizens and eliminate forgery, the chief minister issued instructions for early completion of land records computerization programme and granted approval to its budget. The meeting decided to withdraw the responsibility of building control and removal of encroachments from the LDA so that it could concentrate only on development projects. Chief Minister Shahbaz said that abolishment of fine on non-construction of houses within stipulated period over five-marla plots would provide a relief to low-income people. 
He said that installation of solar/LED lights in new plazas and housing schemes had been made compulsory and this decision should be implemented in its letter and spirit. He also directed that proper space be allocated for parking in new plazas so that traffic problems could be avoided. 
The chief minister said that area in the vicinity of the Lahore Canal was very important with regard to beauty of the city; therefore; no commercial activity would be allowed alongside the canal. 
He said that schools would be set up with the cooperation of private sector over the land owned by the LDA and quota would be fixed for children of parents earning a maximum of Rs 20,000 per month and also of government servants up to BS-16. He said that the Lahore Water and Sanitation Company would take over the system of supply and drainage in Lahore within three years under a phased programme. CM Shahbaz also directed the housing and public health engineering departments that development authorities of other big cities of the province should also be run on the pattern of the LDA. 

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