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- Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - From Print Edition


Around 2,000 owners in L-Block, LDA Avenue-1 Housing Society, are waiting to get possession of their plots of land despite completing payments through installments in 2007.


Majority of the owners have not been allotted plots despite that they had paid the complete amount of their land price through installments five years back.


LDA Avenue-1 Housing Society was started in 2001 and allotments were made through balloting. The successful bidders were required to exhaust the remaining amount through different installments till 2007. Despite the fact majority of the owners have disposed of all the remaining liabilities, the LDA authorities are yet to give them possession of their plots on the pretext that they are under litigation.


It is learnt that the LDA officials have made the affectees of L-Block, possessing allotment letters, shuttlecock among different sections. Majority of the affectees complain that the LDA authorities, despite a lapse of five years, are neither giving them possession of the plots nor are they giving them back their amount submitted against the plots.


The affectees have termed it a grave injustice that they had no idea as when they would be given their land plots or whether they would get anything or not.


They claimed that the LDA officials were just telling them that they would not be given plots of land until the case was decided.


Insiders claimed that the LDA officials, couple of years back, had decided to acquire further land to accommodate the affectees of L-Block. They claimed that they had identified the land and they had almost decided to acquire it through the Land Acquisition Act when the owners of the land in the Raiwind area started lodging protest against the decision. They even tried to block the way of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s cavalcade and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif. Following these protests, the CM directed the LDA authorities not to acquire the said land.


An LDA official, on promise of anonymity, claimed that the LDA officials, under the law, were left with no other option but to let legal process complete. He claimed that the affectees could be accommodated through providing them alternative plots of land but the process had been stalled on political pressure. He claimed that they were only left with completing the legal procedure and the amount to the affectees could only be returned after the case was decided against the LDA. Otherwise, he said, they would provide the owners possession of plots of land but they would have to wait till court decision.


Director Avenue-I Fazalur Rehman claimed that the matter was under litigation and the LDA could not provide relief to the affectees until the decision of the case by the court.