Lahore: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has failed to initiate and complete several major and minor development projects, leaving residents with no choice but to travel through damaged roads while also dealing with other issues.

At the same time, a major delay in launching electrification works at the LDA City Housing Project’s phase-1 may trigger a two-year delay in handing over plots to the affected citizens.

“I think the LDA (engineering wing) at present seems least interested in launching and completing the small development schemes for the reasons best known to the officers concerned. Look at these roads connecting Guru Managat Road, which are yet to be reconstructed since long,” lamented Shakeel, who works in a Gulberg-II office (Industrial area).

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He further added, “Since, almost daily, accidents are taking place on this road due to its dilapidated condition, the LDA seems least bothered about the pain the people have been feeling. It has exposed the government’s apathy towards solving the civic issue as no one is even bothered to survey the area and launch the reconstruction of the roads.”

The battered roads in various blocks of Johar Town clearly show the LDA officers’ grave negligence.

The LDA, on the other hand, has been unable to complete projects such as the electrification of the mega LDA City Housing Scheme. All of the nearby posh housing schemes, such as DHA-Rahber, Lake City, and Fazaia, have been built to provide people with modern living. However, development work, especially electrification work, is still pending. Furthermore, the gas-related infrastructure is still being built.

An official source told that the Supreme Court of Pakistan took a suo motu notice of the LDA city project three years ago and reportedly directed the LDA to complete construction works within three years and hand over plots to allottees of the project phase-I, which consists of 13,000 Kanal of land.

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Other unfinished projects include Rs8 billion sports complexes in all of Lahore’s National Assembly constituencies, which were started by the PML-N government but halted during the interim government and the PTI-led Punjab government’s tenure. However, in response to widespread public outcry, the government allocated Rs1.5 billion for the completion of the sports complexes. “However, all of these complexes are still incomplete as of this date, revealing the quarters’ negligence,” the official claimed.

The chief engineer of LDA, Abdul Razaq Chauhan added, “The patchworks are considered to be our routine works that are being done regularly. I have also made a special subdivision to survey the areas and identify the issues the people have been facing,”

He said that the delay in underground electrification works at the LDA City Housing Project (phase-I) is due to the Lahore Electric Supply Company’s refusal to approve the plan (Lesco).

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