LDA refuses to give free-of-cost land for govt hospital

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Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has refused to give its 122-kanal prime commercial land on Ferozepur Road to Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department (SHC & MED) for the construction of a 1,000-bed hospital.

In a recently held Authority meeting, it was decided that LDA DG would negotiate with the SHC & MED to rationalise the land requirement for the construction of a hospital in vertical style to optimal utilisation of land.

The Authority further directed the LDA DG to submit a comprehensive plan pertaining to other government initiatives for the remaining patch of land after allocation of the land as per requirement of SHC & MED. A senior LDA official seeking anonymity said that the decision of the Authority was not clear that whether the land will be given to the SHC & MED on payment or free of cost.

He said free of cost allotment of this prime commercial land will cause a huge financial loss to the LDA. He further said that inability of LDA’s senior management in conceiving and timely executing a viable commercial project on 152-kanal prime commercial land at Ferozepur Road, which is laying vacant for the last many years.

As per the working paper presented in the Authority meeting, it was revealed that Fruit & Vegetable Market Kot Lakhpat measuring 152 kanal approximately was established in 1978.

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