LAHORE Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Friday adjourned till May 15 hearing of a plea challenging the proposed conversion of a park into residential plots at the Lahore Press Club Housing Scheme (LPCHS) to accommodate 295 new members.
The bench adjourned the case on request of the assistant advocate general for filing reply to the petition taking instructions from the Punjab chief minister, the chairman of the journalist housing foundation. The petition has been filed by a journalist, Din Muhammad Dard, seeking judicial order against the transformation of recreational park into residential area, after no such provision was retained in the master plan of the scheme.
The petitioner through his counsel contended land once fixed for developing a park for the residents of the colony cannot be turned to any other purpose.
He pointed out that adjacent to existing housing scheme, huge private land was lying vacant from which acquisition of 581 kanal 16 marla land had not only been proposed for phase-II of housing scheme but initial notification under section 4 of Land acquisition Act has also been issued in May 2007.
He said this land would be a better place for allotment of plots to new council members of the LPC. He said under rules 10 of Punjab Private Housing Schemes and Land sub-division Rules 2010 a housing scheme should have open space seven per cent or more while public buildings should be upon the areas ranging from five to ten per cent.