Rawalpindi: The Punjab government intends to establish the Leh Nullah Development Authority (LNDA) to address the issue of monsoon floods and enhance catchment regions.

The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has developed a draught of the LNDA Act in response to provincial government orders and forwarded it to Lahore for approval. A senior official of the RDA said that the basic aim of setting up a separate authority was to solve the issue of flooding in the nullah and to improve the infrastructure along it.

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“At present, some areas along Leh Nullah fall in the cantonment areas and some in the city limits. This creates problems to make a uniform policy for the areas along the nullah,” he said.

He explained that the procedure took a long time since the authority could not be created without legislation from the Punjab Assembly. He said the draught Act will be presented to the provincial parliament in a few months, and the authority would be created when it was approved.

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The government wanted to develop economic zones along the Leh Nullah and in this regard RDA would carry out a feasibility study. The official said the urban regeneration project was aimed at improving the outlook of congested roads and streets to turn Rawalpindi into a model city

The overall length of the Leh Nullah Expressway will be 16.5 kilometres. There are 1,604 homes on the proposed expressway’s right of way, and 1,279 kanals would be purchased, including 1,035.98 kanals of private property, 132.40 kanals held by Military Engineering and Works, 54.72 kanals owned by Chaklala Cantonment Board, and 56 kanals owned by Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.

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