Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and the district administration have begun demarcating land that will be acquired for the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project.

A collaborative team of the District Land Revenue Department and the RDA’s land and engineering sections had been formed, according to a senior RDA official, and work on marking land to be bought for the project had begun.

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He explained that Leh Nullah was separated between city and cantonment regions, and that the crew will first finish demarcating cantonment land. In the second step, he said, the team will identify territory within the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation’s control.

According to the law, Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards must inform about structures in their territories and obtain approval from the Military Lands and Cantonments for military land. He stated that the province government would only pay for structures on leased property in cantonment areas, while private landowners along the Leh Nullah would be compensated for their land.

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RDA, on the other side, requested that the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) relocate its supply lines and tubewells along Leh Nullah, and that Wasa begin a survey of the area after land demarcation.

He added that the process would be completed in a month and then the land acquisition process would be started. Private landowners would also be contacted and in this regard, RDA already has sent notices to house owners along the nullah.

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