On October 18, news sources said that the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) warned people not to invest in illegal housing projects being built in the Ravi riverbed.
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In a statement, the department said that any illegal housing projects started without first getting approval from the RUDA would be in violation of the RUDA Act 2020 and could face legal action.
The notice went on to say that the government would follow the law and take action against infrastructure built on government land. According to reports, the RUDA has also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to stop mainstream media and social media platforms from promoting illegal housing schemes. It also told people to look into all housing schemes to avoid investing in scams.
RUDA is an independent government agency that was set up in 2020 to control the land around the Ravi River. The authority is also in charge of building Pakistan’s first smart city project, which will be 45 kilometers long and run along the Ravi. The goal of the project is to bring new ideas to urban planning by using green architecture and vertical infrastructure.