The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has reportedly amended the Private Housing Act 2014 in an attempt to benefit the owners of the housing societies, said a report by a local media outlet.
The amendment that was made in June discreetly abolished a clause that made reservation of at least 20 per cent area of the society for apartments and 3-5 marla houses. The new amendment gives owners the right to carve out 5-marla plots instead of constructing flats.
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After the new amendment, it is not necessary for owners to reserve 2 per cent area for graveyards. The owners can use graveyard outside the society. The LDA has allowed the owners to build gold courses on 7 per cent area previously reserved for parks. Similarly, they have been allowed to build commercial area on 10 per cent land instead of 5pc.
Punjab Housing Minister Mahmood Rasheed said that the authority amended the housing act because nobody buys apartments in housing societies. He said the changes were made after “feedback from everyone”.
It must be noted here that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been focusing on vertical housing across Pakistan in line with his green initiatives and resolve the housing crisis.