AN INCREASE of 371.25 percent has been recorded in revenue collection by the Lahore Development Authority during the first 20 days of the current month as a result of corporate style functioning of its one-window cell at Johar Town.
According to a press release issued on Monday, a total of Rs 94,357,997 have been collected by the LDA during the period under different heads, including fee for transfer of plots, submission of building plan, sub-division of plots, extension to the building period and other miscellaneous heads. This amount is Rs 68,900,000 more than the amount of Rs 25,417,563 that had been received by the authority during the corresponding period of the previous month.
It is to be noted that the amount collected during August 2010, prior to the establishment of one-window cell on September 7, was only Rs 19,700,000. The current collection is 478.68 percent more than amount collected in August. As many as 6,097 applications have been filed by people at the one-window cell since its inception on and 5,078 applications have been disposed of. Hence disposal rate of applications is 83.3 percent. The remaining applications are under process and will be disposed off within the given date.
Launched at a cost of about Rs 25.5 million in the Johar Town office of the LDA, the one-window cell has facilitated expeditious disposal of public matter besides eliminating involvement of irrelevant elements in the authority’s affairs. In order to motivate the staff at the one-window cell to serve the applicants, LDA Director General Omer Rasul reaches the cell daily at 8am and remains there throughout the day. Spreading over an area of 4,500 square feet, the cell is fully computerised and is the only example of its kind in the public sector in the country. The air-conditioned facility has sitting arrangements for more than 100 people. Separate counters have been set up for imparting information to the visitors, receiving and scrutinising their applications and handing them over challan forms, transfer letters, approved building plans or other documents after their applications had been disposed of.