LAHORE: The Commissioner of Lahore and DG Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Muhammad Ali Randhawa, has appointed a director of development as an inquiry officer to investigate the reconstruction of “new roads” in Johar Town, which allegedly involved a waste of public funds.
The official has also been tasked with investigating other issues related to the LDA’s urban development schemes.
In addition, the directorate of Housing (VII) director has been transferred by Mr. Randhawa for not providing allegedly crucial records related to the forged files of several Johar Town plots to the fact-finding committee and the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).
Moreover, ACE officials have also warned that they may take the director and other individuals concerned into custody.
LDA’s urban development wing will also be questioned regarding the floating of tenders for development schemes and the issuance of work orders, despite the authority facing a financial crunch with over Rs. 1bn in bills/payments yet to be cleared.
Recently, it was discovered that bogus files for 100 residential plots in Johar Town were missing from the LDA’s records.
The inquiry into this matter has been sent to the LDA’s fact-finding committee and the director of information technology has requested the relevant records from the officers concerned.
According to officials, the LDA properties involved in this fraudulent activity showed the involvement of officials and fraudsters who had allegedly been using fake file numbers that were declared false and published in print media 13 years ago.
This investigation comes at a time when the LDA is under increased scrutiny for its handling of public funds and the management of its urban development schemes.