The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) plans to get the Lahore Division Master Plan-2050 reviewed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Urban Unit of the Punjab Planning and Development Department.
The review will be conducted as soon as LDA receives certified copies of the Lahore High Court’s detailed judgment, which suspended the plan’s implementation in January 2023.
The Lahore High Court had suspended the implementation of Lahore’s Master Plan 2050, stating that the government’s aimless development projects had made it difficult for citizens to breathe and that these projects were a threat to the country’s economy.
The court had also directed LDA to get the plan reviewed by independent experts or entities for consultation before its approval.
The Lahore High Court’s decision was based on a petition alleging that the plan’s approval by LDA was a “managed affair” designed to extend undue benefits to the land mafia and land developers.
The petition also claimed that the plan had not considered the devastating impact it was likely to have on Lahore’s deteriorated environment. LDA has also handed over the relevant records to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which has launched an investigation into allegations of illegal approval of the plan against the former chief minister.
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