The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has said that Bahria Town’s sectors D, E and F are still controversial as these are not approved by the competent authority and the people have invested money at their own risk despite public information campaign by the authority.
LDA Metropolitan Planning officers Tuesday told Daily Times that the Bahria Town administration’s representatives visited the LDA offices along with written response to the show-cause notices served on the housing society by LDA, however, the reasons given in their response were invalid and inappropriate and did not provide a justification to by-pass the rules and regulations.
He said the issue of the three extended sectors in Bahria Town, owned by property tycoon Malik Riaz, on Link Canal Road near Mohlanwal, is still the same ‘unapproved’. These sectors are not under the legal cover and plots being sold there are illegal under the law. Another director of LDA said under section 18 (2) of the Private Housing Scheme and Land Subdivision Rules-2010 the sale of plots in any schemes was prohibited until final approval is taken from the competent authority. He said Lahore Metropolitan Planning was the competent authority and no approval has been taken so far from it.
When asked about the people who have already purchased plots in the controversial sectors investing their hard-earned money, he said the LDA has formally informed the people through its advertisements in newspapers and display of banners at prominent places in the city. “If people are still purchasing plots, they are at their own risk we have fulfilled our responsibility. He said many schemes are deceiving and depriving innocent citizens of their hard-earned money, therefore it was the responsibility of the purchasers to get proper information from LDA offices before investing their money.”
It is noteworthy that LDA took out an advertisement in newspapers in February titled “Buyers—Beware of Purchasing Plots: In Sectors D, E& Fond Phase-2 of Bahria Town Lahore” The advert read: “The public is hereby made aware of the ongoing advertising campaign by the management of Bahria Town, Lahore, for alluring the buyers for purchasing plots, carved a~: on land for which approval had not been sought from the Competent Authority. The factual position about these schemes is as under: Sectors D and E of Bahria Town, Lahore, have not been got approved by the Competent Authority. Similarly Sector F has also not been got approved by the Competent Authority where plots are being illegally marketed these days through media.
“Lahore Development Authority is fully authorised to demolish such illegal development works under Clause 40 of the LDA Act. 1975. Further, the sponsors also liable to be punished for fine a imprisonment, under Clauses 33 & 38 of the LDA Act, 1975.” Bahria Town Media Manager Nida Zahoor was not available for her comments. The Bahria Town administration claims to have its sector A, B and C approved by the Allama Iqbal Town Municipal Administration. Through advertisements, it also declares its sectors D and E completely developed projects for which it claims to have submitted applications to the respective TMA (Iqbal Town). It, however, declares its sector-F project under planning process. The LDA administration also claimed that LDA advertisement campaign against it was politically motivated. However, LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has already clarified that the LDA has not taken action against Bahria Town at the behest of any political party but for the public interest and to get their law implemented.