LAHORE - The Shalamar Town administration on Wednesday issued final evacuation notices to occupants of 96 unsafe and dilapidated commercial and residential buildings in its 10 union councils. According to the data provided by the town administration to daily The Nation, out of 96 worn-out residential and commercial units, 32 buildings have been declared most dangerous. Among the total dangerous and most dangerous buildings, there are 23 commercial buildings, 68 residential units and 5 commercial-cum-residential structures. The data reveals that UC-19 has 16 dangerous and five most dangerous buildings, UC-18 has one, UC-21 has 18 dangerous and eight most dangerous buildings, UC-24 has four dangerous constructions, UC-34 has 33 dangerous and 15 most dangerous units, UC-36 has two dangerous buildings, UC-17 has two dangerous structures, UC-25 has nine dangerous constructions, UC-47 has five dangerous and two most dangerous units and UC-22 has three dangerous and one most dangerous buildings. When contacted to Shalamar Town TMO Malik Tariq Mehmood said if the evacuation notices were not taken seriously, cases would be registered against the owners of the said buildings. He said the authority concerned would advertise soon the detail of those buildings that were in ramshackle condition and could collapse at any time for the awareness of the people. An official in the Shalamar Town seeking anonymity said that the town administration had been using Section-141/142 of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance to combat the issue of dangerous buildings. He said that through these sections, building inspectors were empowered to forward violators challans to special judicial magistrates for trial. However, a major hurdle in effective implementation of this measure was the fact that hundreds of people would lose shelters. He said that without educating the people about the extent of the risk, they could not be convinced of leaving their unsafe residential units. The official, a former Lahore deputy commissioner, said that no operation could be completed unless alternative housing arrangements were made for them. He said that most building owners had rented their properties to different tenants at throwaway prices because of the bad condition of the buildings. They said that buildings occupants often obtained stay orders from the courts against any action.