Establishment of a panel to evaluate the viability of RUDA & District projects
Establishment of a panel to evaluate the viability of RUDA and Central Business District projects.
A news story from July 19 says that the government has put together a group to look at the projects of the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) and the Lahore Central Business District Development Authority (LCBDDA).
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According to the details, the River Ravi Urban Development Project (RRUDP) and the Lahore Central Business District (LCBD) projects are being looked at to see if they are possible, how big they are, and if the government needs to get involved. According to the notice, the panel will have 11 members, including a member of the Board of Revenue (BoR) (consolidation), the chairman of the Planning and Development Board, the secretaries for law and parliamentary affairs, local government and community development, irrigation, public health engineering, housing, the Lahore commissioner, the CEO of RUDA/LCBDDA, and the Chief Executive Officer (Urban unit). In addition, it was said that the CEO of both the LCBDDA and the RUDA will be the committee’s secretary.
The Terms of Reference (ToRs) also say that the committee will look at the master plans of LCBD and RRUDP to see how well they fit with the Lahore Development Authority’s master plan for the Lahore district (LDA). The people there were told that the committee would look for flaws and holes in the project designs and make suggestions for how to fix them.
The committee has also been asked to look at how well the land acquisition and land model work for RUDA projects that have already started or are planned. Also, the committee will figure out how both projects will affect the city of Lahore’s sewerage, water, traffic, environment, energy, and other infrastructure needs. It was said that the committee would look at illegal buildings in areas under RUDA’s control and suggest ways for RUDA to control them. The panel will examine court cases and lawsuits about the environment and getting land.
Concerning LCBD, the committee will look into the issues of who has authority and how land and costs will be shared with the Walton Cantonment Board, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Bab-e-Pakistan Foundation. The committee has three weeks to give the chief secretary its report and suggestions about the above ToRs.
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