Lahore: Governor Punjab Muhammad Sarwar approved the Housing Societies (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 and issued a gazette notification on Friday (November 12) at the request of the Punjab government, according to news reports.

According to the new legislation, the Punjab government would establish a housing council rather than a commission to oversee the operations of nearly 1,400 illegal housing societies.

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The government will be required to provide a secretariat and logistical support to the newly formed council/commission. The housing council will have four members, according to the announcement. A retired judge will chair the committee, which will also include a town planner, a civil engineer, and a former environmental officer with 20 years of expertise.

In addition, Chamba House will serve as the Housing Societies Commission and Housing Council’s Secretariat. The housing council will be entitled to hold additional hearings on the housing commission’s decision.

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The commission will have the authority to inspect housing plans, restore cemeteries, and impose penalties on housing societies that do not have enough room for hospitals or mosques. Within a 5-kilometer radius of the housing design, housing societies must provide room for a cemetery. The regulations stipulate that the societies must provide playgrounds, parks, and green belts.

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