Lahore: The government claims to have begun executing the Land Acquisition Act 1894’s unique compensation package for landowners/affectees of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project. After the government accepted the package based on suggestions from a special committee, the relevant district administrations (Lahore and Sheikhupura), and the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) it was put into action.

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It should be noted that landowners have voiced significant reservations about the compensation package released earlier and have encouraged the government to come up with a suitable compensation package for the acquisition of their land. In response to the requests, the government formed a committee to hear from landowners and make suggestions in order to provide a fair land price.

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The government has provided up to Rs. 3.5 million per acre for property in the riverbed, along with a built plot measuring five to seven marla on each acre, as part of the package. Similarly, for property other than riverbeds, the package includes a 10 marla built plot and costs between Rs. 5 and Rs. 7/8 million (per acre). Similarly, compensation for crops, outhouses, rooms, infrastructure, and other items is handled separately.

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