LAHORE   -   A total of 130 kanals and four marlas of state land worth Rs25.01 million has been retrieved from illegal occupants in different districts on the orders of the Punjab ombudsman.

In a statement issued here on Friday, a spokesman for the Punjab ombudsman said that 11-marla land of worth Rs1.650 million of a government school in Mauza Lakhanwal (Gujrat district) had been retrieved from an illegal occupant. The authorities concerned also released funds for the construction of school boundary wall, he added. The interference of the provincial ombudsman also resulted in retrieval of 37-kanal government land of worth Rs17.343 million in tehsil Kot Addu.

In another development, the demarcation of 52-kanal land of worth Rs7.8 million of a Mianwali-based complainant, Kalu Khan, was completed on the orders of the ombudsman, he added. The ombudsman also helped retrieve 1.16-kanal of public thoroughfare. The action was taken on a complaint of citizen namely Altaf Hussain of Pakpattan. Another applicant from Faisalabad, Allah Ditta, was provided legal relief of Rs750,000 on the orders of the ombudsman’s office, he said.  The spokesman said that 90.16-kanal state land was retrieved in Toba Tek Singh on a complaint of one Naseer Ahmad. The total value of the recovered land is four million rupees. Moreover, damages worth Rs146,250 have been recovered from an illegal tiller, he added.

Separately, two different applicants were provided legal relief of worth Rs1,150,000 by retrieving their lands in Rahim Yar Khan and Sahiwal districts, he added.

LDA DEMOLISHES ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN LAHORE

Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on Friday demolished various illegal structures here at Ferozpur road, Jail Road and other controlled areas. According to LDA spokesperson, the authority had issued legal notices to stop irregularities to the owners of the buildings and demolished the structures over non-compliance. LDA Director General Chaudhry Ali Randhawa said that the authority would not tolerate illegal construction in the city. “Non-discriminatory action would be taken against illegal constructions and commercial activities,” he added. LDA’s enforcement wing and police personnel were present during the operation. Meanwhile, chief WTO Cell department of Industries and Commerce, Nazia Jabeen on Friday visited model bazaar township and reviewed the prices of essential items and facilities being provided to consumers. She also reviewed the recreational facilities in Joyland adjacent to model bazaar. She took keen interest in stalls being run by the women owners. She also expressed pleasure that employment opportunities are available for women in model bazaar. “We are trying to provide best facilities in model bazaars for the buyers. Theses bazaars are helpful in minimizing difficulties of people. Quality essential items are being provided on subsidized rates in these bazaars,” she added.