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No. LDA/TP-Misc-555/9/84, dated 04-09-1984. In exercise of the powers conferred under section 45 of the Lahore Development Authority Act, 1975, the Lahore Development Authority is pleased to revise the Building Regulations 1976. The revised Building Regulations shall be known as the Lahore Development Authority Building Regulations, 1984 and shall come into force at once, namely:—

PART I

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Section I

Interpretation of terms

Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of these Regulations have the meanings indicated in this part. Where the terms are not defined they shall have their ordinarily accepted meaning or, such as the context may apply. Measurements within the parentheses shown in the text shall be applicable to such sites/areas where metric system may have been adopted.

Acre: means a size of land equal to 9.68 kanals or 4,840 sq. yards (4007 sq. meter).

Apartment: means a single storey dwelling unit located in a multi-storey building meant to provide habitation for more than one family.

Apartment building: means a multistory building containing more than two Apartments sharing common stair-case, lifts or access spaces.

Authority: means the Lahore Development Authority, Lahore.

Approved schemes: means a project duly approved for urban development, redevelopment or renewal, including Larger Area Plan, areas specified and notified for specific use, traffic control plans, housing and zoning schemes.

Balcony: means a stage or platform projecting from the wall of the building surrounded with a railing or parapet wall.

Base: (applied to a wall or pillar) means the under-side of the course immediately above the plinth, if any, or in the case of a building having no plinth immediately above the footings.

Basement: means the lowest storey/storeys of a building, partly or wholly below ground level.

Building works: means site excavation, erection or re-erection of a building or making additions and alteration to an existing building.

Building/House line: means a line beyond which the outer face of any building except compound wall, may not project in the direction f any street existing or proposed.

Cardinal points: means the directions of north, south, east and west.

Commercial building: means a building having shops or show rooms, offices, hotel, restaurant etc. on any floor and may also have apartments in it.

Competent authority: means the authority competent t approve plans and to control the building activity.

Controlled areas: means an area declared as such under Section 18 of the Lahore Development Authority Act, 1975.

Central area: means the central business area prescribed in the Master Plan serving the city, urban region in particular and province-wide commercial functions in general. The Central Area also embodies commercial, office and institutional functions of the highest order.

Damp proof course: means layer of material impervious to moisture.

Director General: means the Director General of Lahore Development Authority, Lahore.

District Centre: means an area containing 125 to 200 shops and serves the local commercial/business needs of a population of about 1 lac people and is generally a commercial-cum-civic centre with facilities like college, hospital, mosque, library, cinema and service station.

Divisional Centre: means an area containing major business and financial establishments for a number of neighbourhoods in a city serving a population of approximately 4 to 6 lacs with 300 to 600 shops and will have commercial, professional and Government offices, fire stations, cinemas, restaurants and other places of entertainment, besides transportation terminal and institutional uses like professional college and teaching hospital.

Floor area ration: means the aggregate covered area of a building or buildings on a plot divided by the total area of the plot.

Foundation: means a structure entirely below the level of the ground which carries and distributes the load from pillars, beams or walls on to the ground.

Gallery: means an open or a covered walk way or a long passage and underground passage.

Government: means the Government of the Punjab.

Housing/Dwelling Unit: means a part or whole of a residential building capable of being used independently for human habitation.

Industrial Building: means a building designed for use as a factory or workshop and includes any office or other accommodation on the same site, the use of which is intended for the convenience of staff and the workers and a building designed for use in connection with the mining of mineral (including brick or earth), or warehouse, depository or stores.

Kanal: means a size of land equal to 20 marlas or 500 sq. yards (418 sq. m).

Light Industry: means an industry defined as such by the Industries Department, i.e., in which the labour force does not exceed twenty persons and the machinery is exclusively run by electricity and the cost o the total enterprise does not exceed Rs. 5 lacs.

Marla: means a size of land equal to 25 sq. yards or 225 sq. feet (20.90 sq. m).

Market: means a group of shops assigned particularly for one or more specified trades.

Multi-story Building: means any building having more than one storey.

Obnoxious Industries: include, amongst others, brick kilns, coke ovens, salt glazing, sulphur working, making of cellulose lacquer, pitch bitumen, charcoal burning, fish curing, frying or dressing, gut scarping, glue making, fish meal, soap boiling, tallow making, skin dyeing and those which may be specified as Obnoxious Industries by Industries Department from time to time.

Ordinary Repairs: means painting, while washing plasteril passing and minor renewal or alterations to a building.

Parapet: means a wall, whether plain, perforated or paneled, protecting the edge of a roof, balcony, verandah or terrace.

Pergola: means a structure with perforated roof consisting of cross bars in the form of reinforced concrete, wood or steel etc. of which more than 50% of roof is open to the sky.

Place of Assembly: includes a building designed for use as a public hall, council, theater, cinema, music hall, dance hall or skating ring, a building for the purpose of an exhibition of trade or industry or a building designed for use in connection with any form of amusement which is intended to be open to the public on payment of a charge or a building designed for use as non-residential club or a building for any other similar use.

Place of Instruction: means a building designed for use as a school, college, technical institute, academy, lecture hall or other educational centre.

Place of public Worship: means a building designed for use as such and includes institutes or buildings designed for the purpose of social recreation associated with the performance of religious function.

Plinth: means the portion of the building between the level of the site and the level of the ground floor.

Public building: means a building designed for public use and includes a dispensary, post office, police station, tonga and transport stand, petrol filling station, town hall, library, cultural centre and premises, of social agencies such as hostels etc.

Registered Architect: means a person qualified as such and entered on the list of approved architects maintained by the Authority.

Residential Building: means a building exclusively designed for use as a human habitation together with such out houses as are ordinarily ancillary to the main building and used in connection therewith.

Semi-detached Buildings: means two buildings built on adjacent plots having a common partition wall.

Septic Tank: means a tank in which sewage is collected and decomposed before its discharge into a public sewer or soakage pit.

Soakage Put: means a pit filled with aggregate, boulders or broken brick and intended for the reception of waste water or effluent discharged from a septic tank.

Specialized Building: means a building such as a factory, cinema, theater, auditorium, office building or block of flats etc.

Structural Calculations: means detailed calculations showing sufficiency of the strength of every load bearing part of the proposed structures.

Sun-shade: means an outside projection from a building over a minimum height of 7 feet (2.15 m) from the plinth level meant to provide protection from weather.

Verandah: means a roofed gallery, terrace or other portion of a building with at least one side open to courtyard or a permanent open space.

Zone: means an area/areas earmarked for a particular use or character including an area in which sizes of plots have been prescribed.

Section II

Application of Building Regulations

 1.      Every prospective builder including the Federal and Provincial Government, Autonomous, Semi-Autonomous and Local Bodies of Provincial and Federal Governments, Federal and Provincial Government Agencies intending to carry out building works within the boundary of the area controlled by the Authority shall comply with the requirements of these Building Regulations.

 2.      The following buildings shall be exempted from the operation of these Regulations:—

(i)           Any structure erected or used or intended to be erected and used exclusively for the purpose of a plant-house or bird-cage having maximum height of 3 feet (91 cm).

(ii)         Exemption from Building Regulations. Any structure intended to stand for a period of not more than 6 months, provided that previous permission of the Competent Authority has been obtained in writing and an undertaking is given to remove such structure within six months.

Section III

Submission of Plans

 3.      All applications shall be made on Building Application Forms A & B prescribed by the Authority as at Appendices “A” & “B”.

 4.      (i)   Every prospective builder intending to carry out Building Works whether new or involving additions and alterations shall employ a Registered Architect to design and supervise the Building Works.

(ii) Employment of registered practitioners. Where the registered Architect so employed ceases to be incharge of such Building Works before the same is completed, further execution of such works shall forthwith be suspended until a fresh appointment is made as required under Regulation 4(i). A certificate duly signed by the Registered Architect employed under this Regulation shall be obtained by the owner in token of the work or part of the work having been satisfactorily done under his supervision.

 5.      A practicing architect shall get himself registered on the panel and secure a licence from the Authority.

 6.      New structure. Every prospective builder who intends to erect or re-erect a building shall submit to the Competent Authority an application in writing for permission to execute the work and the Registered Architect so employed shall submit the following:—

(i)           Site plan:—

 (a)         Each application must be accompanied by a plan drawn to a scale of 100 feet to an inch (1: 1250) or other suitable scale to show the site to which it refers, unless its address is a number in a regular sequence of numbers in an Approved Scheme.

 (b)         A block plan of the site drawn to a scale of not less than 40 feet to an inch (1: 500) showing the position of the proposed building and existing buildings, if any, the width and level of the streets, if any, on which the plot abuts and the adjoining plot numbers, if any, together with cardinal points.

(ii)         Plans, sections and elevations of every floor including basement, cellar, if any, of the building intended to be erected, which shall be drawn to a scale of not less than 1 inch to 8 feet (1: 100) or if the building is so extensive as to make a smaller scale necessary, not less than 1 inch to 16 feet (1: 200). Such plans and sections shall show the purpose for which the building or parts thereof are intended to be used; and accesses to and from several parts of the building and its appurtenances; the position, for, dimensions and means of ventilation; the depth and the nature of foundations, the proposed height of plinth and super structure at the level of each floor together with the dimensions and description of all the walls, floors, roofs, columns, beams, joists and girders to be used in the walls, floors and roof of such buildings.

(iii)       A plan showing the intended line of drainage of such building and the details of the arrangement proposed for the ventilation of the drains.

(iv)        Detailed calculations showing the sufficiency of the strength of every load-bearing part of a specialized construction.

 7.      Existing structures. Every prospective builder who intends to make any addition or alteration to a building as a result of which the original covered area will increase or where changes are such as to alter the original use of the rooms, shall submit an application to the Competent Authority for permission to execute the work alongwith all the information and documents as required under these Regulations.

 8.      Documents of title. Every prospective builder who intends to carry out Building Works under Regulations 6 and 7 shall, if required, produce all documents of title relating to the plot/plots showing his right to carry out such works.

 9.      (i)   Plans and documents. Every person, who under Regulations 6 and 7 is required to furnish to the Competent Authority and plan or document, ———————

(ii) Employment of registered practitioners. Where the registered Architect so employed ceases to be incharge of such Building Works before the same is completed, further execution of such works shall forthwith be suspended until a fresh appointment is made as required under Regulation 4(i). A certificate duly signed by the Registered Architect employed under this Regulation shall be obtained by the owner in token of the work or part of the work having been satisfactorily done under his supervision.

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 (a)          “agency” means an Agency established by the Authority to perform one or more of its functions under this Act;

 (bb)      “Authority” means the Lahore Development Authority constituted under Section 4 of this Act;

 (b)          “Area” means the Lahore Metropolitan area to which this Act applies;

 (c)          “Chairman” means the Chairman of Authority;

 (cc)       “concession” means the grant by the Authority of its rights, privileges or powers under this Act to a person or persons in consideration of investments made or arranged by such person or persons at the instance of the Authority in public utility infrastructure projects; and

 (d)         “Deputy Commissioner” means the Deputy Commissioner of the District concerned and includes and other officer appointed by the Authority to exercise all or any of the powers and discharge and of the functions under this Act;

 (e)          “Government” means the Government of the Punjab;

 (f)           “Government Agency” includes:—

 (i)           a division, department, bureau, section, commission, board, officer or unit of the Government;

 (ii)         a Municipal Committee or a Municipal Corporation; and

 (iii)       a development or any other public authority, company or corporation (whether autonomous or semi-autonomous) owned or controlled by Government or a municipal body;

 (g)         “Land” includes earth, water and air, above, below or on the surface and any improvement in the structure customarily regarded as land and benefits arising out of land and things attached to earth or permanently fastened to earth;

 (gg)     “Managing Director” means the Principal Executive of an Agency;

 (h)         “Member” means a member of the Authority and includes its Chairman;

 (i)           “Person” includes an individual, company, firm, Co-operative Society or Association of individuals whether incorporated or not;

 (j)           “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules or regulations; and

 (k)          “Service area” means an area to be notified as such by the Government and in which Agency provides services; and

 (l)           “Toll” means charge or levy of a sum or sums of money collected for the use of a road, bridge, flyover, underpass or similar other facility.

CHAPTER II

LAHORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

 (ii)               Establishment of the Lahore Development Authority.—(1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, the Government shall establish an Authority to be called the Lahore Development Authority for carrying out the purpose of this Act.

 (2)         The Authority shall be a body corporate, with perpetual succession and a common seal, with powers, subject to the provisions of this Act to acquire and hold property, both movable and immovable and may, by the said name sue and be sued.

 (3)         The Authority shall consist of,—

 a.            Chief Minister of the Punjab             …        Member/Chairman

 b.            Minister of Housing and Physical

Planning, Government of the Punjab           …                    Member

 c.             Minister for Local Government and

Social Welfare, Government of the

Punjab                                                            …                    Member

 d.            Chief Secretary to Government of

the Punjab                                          …                    Member

 e.             Chairman Planning and Development

Board, Punjab                                                …                    Member

 f.              Secretary to Government to the Punjab,

­Finance Department                          …                    Member

 g.            Secretary to Government of the Punjab,

Housing and Physical Planning

Department                                        …                    Member

 h.            Secretary to Government of the Punjab,

Transport Department                      …                    Member

 i.              Secretary to Government of the Punjab,

Local Government Department        …                    Member

 j.              Mayor, Lahore Municipal

Corporation                                        …                    Member

 k.            All the Chairmen of the Municipal

Committees of the City of Lahore     …                    Member

 l.              Such other persons as may be

appointed by the Government          …                    Member

 m.          Director-General of the Authority    …                    Member

 n.            All the Managing Directors of the

Agencies established by the

Authority; and                                   …                    Members

 o.            Two Members of the Provincial

Assembly of the Punjab elected from

the Area, to be nominated by

Government                                       …                    Members

 (4)         The membership of the Authority may be altered, increased or decreased by the Government.

 (5)         The members, except the ex officio members, shall hold office for a term of three years:—

Provided that a member referred to in clause (j) and the members referred to in clause (k) shall, on ceasing to be the Mayor of the Lahore Municipal Corporation or the Chairman of the Municipal Committees of the City of Lahore, as the case may be, cease to hold office as such members, notwithstanding that the said term of three years has not expired.

 (6)         No act or proceeding of the Authority shall be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy in, or defect in the constitution of the Authority.

4-A      Vice Chairman.—(1) The Government may designated from amongst the members not more than two Vice-Chairman of the Authority.

 (2)          A Vice-Chairman shall perform such functions as may be assigned to him by the Authority.

 (iii)             Qualification of the member.—No person shall be, or shall continue to be a member, who,—

 a.                              is or, at any time, has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude; or

 b.                              is or, at any time, has been adjudicated insolvent; or

 c.                               is found to be a lunatic or of unsound mind; or

 d.                              is a minor; or

 e.                               has a financial interest in any scheme or a conflicting interest, directly or indirectly, between his interests as a member and his private interests, and has failed to disclose such interest in writing to the Government.

 (iv)             Powers and Functions of the Authority.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and any rules framed there-under, the Authority may exercise such powers and take such measures as may be necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

 (2)          Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing sub-section, the authority shall,—

 (i)            initiate and maintain a continuous process of comprehensive development planning for the area with the objective of preparing a Metropolitan Development Plan;

 (ii)          periodically update such Metropolitan Development Plan and co-ordinate its implementation by the Authority, other Government Agencies, and municipalities within the Area;

 (iii)         develop, operate and maintain water-supply, sewerage and drainage systems within the service area of the Water and Sanitation Agency to be established under Section 10(2) of this Act;

 (iv)        prepare Annual Development Programme for the area, ensure compliance of the Annual Development Programmes with priorities established in the Metropolitan Development Plan after its preparation, and evaluate performance under the Annual development Programme at the end of each year;

 (v)          establish, maintain and periodically revise as necessary, planning, controls and building regulations for the Area to:—

(a)         provided appropriate urban design and protect public safety;

(b)         ensure compliance with the Metropolitan Development Plant after its preparation; and

 (vi)        take all steps and measures necessary for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of clause (i) to (v) above.

 (3)          Without in any way restricting the scope of sub-sections (1) and (2), the Authority may,—

 (i)            prepare, implement and enforce schemes for environmental improvements, housing, urban renewal including slum improvement and re-development, solid waster disposal, transportation and traffic, health and education facilities and preservation of objects or place of historical archaeological, scientific, cultural and recreational importance.

 (ii)          take any steps or adopt any measures for the face lifting and beautification of the area;

 (iii)         acquire property, both movable and immovable;

 (iv)        sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of or grant licence of concessions in respect of any property vested in it;

 (v)          undertake any works and incur any expenditure;

 (vi)        procedure machinery, instruments or any other material required by it;

 (vii)       enter into contracts;

 (viii)     cause studies, surveys, experiments or technical researches to be made or contribute towards the cost of any such studies, surveys experiments or technical researches, made by any other Agency;

 (ix)        issue interim development orders for areas for which a scheme is under preparation and restrict or regulate by general or special order any change in the use of land and alteration in building structures and installations;

 (x)          cause removal of any works obstructing the execution of its schemes;

(x-a) construct, maintain, upgrade and exclusively charge toll on roads, bridges, flyovers, underpass or such other facilities within the area, and grant concessions in respect thereof;

 (xi)        seek and obtain advice and assistance for the preparation of any scheme, or for the execution of any scheme from any Government Agency or person, and such Agency or person shall give the advice and assistance sought by the Authority to the best of its ability, knowledge and judgment and the additional expenditure, if any, involved in giving such advice or assistance shall be borne by the Authority; and

 (xii)       establish as many Agencies as it may consider necessary.

 (v)               Meetings.—(1) The Authority shall meet at such place and at such time and shall observe such rules or procedure in regard to transaction of business at its meetings as may be prescribed.

 (2)          The meetings of the Authority shall be presided over by:—

 (i)            the Chairman;

 (ii)          in the absence of the Chairman by the Vice-Chairman;

 (iii)         in case there are more than one Vice-Chairman, in accordance with such priority as may be determined by the Authority; and

 (iv)        in the absence of the Chairman as well as the Vice-Chairman, by a member of the Authority elected for the purpose by the members present, from amongst themselves.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing sub-section, the authority

CHAPTER III

DIRECTOR-GENERAL AND COMMITTES

 (vi)             Appointment and term of office.—(1) The Director-General shall be appointed by Government on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Government.

 (2)         The Director-General shall be the chief executive of the Authority and shall,—

 a.            be a whole-time officer of the Authority;

 b.            perform such duties as may be assigned to him and exercise such powers as may be delegated to him by the Authority; and

 c.             hold office for a term of three years and shall remain in office for three months thereafter or until a successor in that office is appointed, whichever is earlier.

 (3)         Nothing in this section shall preclude Government from extending the term of office of Director-General for such period as the Government may determine.

 (vii)           Registration by or removal of Director-General.—Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Director-General may, at any time before the expiry of his term and upon three months’ notice, resign his office, or upon similar notice, be removed by Government without assigning any reason:—

Provided that Government may upon payment of three months’ salary and allowances in lieu of the notice, remove him immediately without assigning any reason.

 (viii)         Deletion.—(1) The Authority may, by general or special order delegate to the Director-General, a Committee constituted under Section 12, an Agency, a member5 or an officer of the Authority, any of its powers, duties or functions under this Act or the rules made thereunder subject to such conditions as it may deem fit to impose.

 (2)         The Authority shall establish, by special order, an Agency, hereinafter called the Water and Sanitation Agency.

 (3)         Save as provided in Section 13, 14, 19, 22, 23, 24 and 28 of this Act and the maters specified in the Schedule, the Agency established under sub-section (2) shall perform all functions and exercise all powers of the Authority with regard to water supply, sewerage and drainage with power to collect rates, fees and charges for water supply, sewerage and drainage.

 (4)         The Managing Director of the Water and Sanitation Agency and other Agencies shall,—

 (a)          be appointed by Government on such terms and conditions as may be determined by Government;

 (b)          hold office for a period of three years and will be responsible for its administration in accordance with such powers as shall be prescribed; and

 (c)          remain in office for three months thereafter or until a successor in that office is appointed, whichever earlier.

 (5)         Nothing in this section shall preclude the Government from extending the term of office of the Managing Director for such period as the Government may determine.

 (6)         Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Managing Director may, at any time before the expiry of his term and upon three months’ notice, resign his office, or upon similar notice be removed by Government without assigning any reason:—

Provided that Government may, upon payment of three months’ salary and allowances, in lieu of the notice, remove him immediately without assigning any reason.

 (ix)             Appointment of officers and employees.—The Authority may appoint such officers, advisers, experts, consultants and employees, as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of its functions on such terms and conditions as it may deem fit.

11-A Notwithstanding anything contained in section 11 or any rules or regulations made or orders or instructions issued thereunder or contained in the terms and conditions of service of any person employed or serving under the Authority or an Agency the Authority may at any time retire or remove from such service any person after informing him in writing of the grounds on which such action is proposed to be taken and giving him an opportunity of showing cause in writing against the action within a period of 14 days.

11-B Any person employed by or serving under the Authority or any Agency charged with the administration of the affairs of the Authority or an Agency or acting on behalf of the Authority or an Agency or acting under a contract with the Authority or any Agency who is responsible for the loss, waste, misappropriation or misapplication of any money or property belonging to the Authority which is a direct consequence of his negligence miscondu8ct in the discharge of his duties shall be liable to pay the loss suffered by the Authority or an Agency on the same being determined by the Authority after giving the person concerned a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

 (x)               Committee.—The Authority may constitute such financial, technical and advisory committees as may be deemed necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act and such committees shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be delegated or assigned to them by the Authority.

CHAPTER IV

PREPARATION AND EXECUTION OF SCHEMES

 (xi)             Preparation of Schemes.—(1) The Authority shall, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, prepare schemes for the area or any part thereof.

 (2)      All schemes prepared by the Authority shall be submitted to the Government for its approval, except those schemes, the provisional estimated cost of which does not exceed such limit as may be prescribed by rules or for which no loan or grant is required from the Government.

 (3)       The Authority shall publish the sanctioning of any scheme in the official Gazette and shall forthwith proceed to execute the scheme.

 (4)       The publication of a sanction under sub-section (3) shall be conclusive evidence that the scheme has been duly framed and sanctioned.

 (5)       No planning or development scheme shall be prepared by any person or local body or Government agency within the area except with the concurrence of the Authority.

 (6)       In every scheme provisions for a plot or plots for mosques shall be made.

 (xii)           Modification of Schemes.—Any scheme prepared under this Act may, at any time, be amended or modified by the Authority in the same manner as may be prescribed for the preparation of a scheme.

 (xiii)         Power to give directions.—(1) The Authority may require a Government Agency within whole jurisdiction any particular locality or aspect of development covered by a scheme lies,—

 a.            to execute a scheme in consultation with the Authority;

 b.            to make over and maintain any of the works and services in that area;

 c.             to provide any amenity in relation to the land which in the opinion of the Authority ought to be provided; and

 d.            to enforce regulations on behalf of the Authority.

 (2)         The expenditure incurred on the execution of any scheme or on the taking over or maintenance of any work, or the enforcement of regulations, under this section, shall be borne as may be agreed to between the Authority and the Government Agency and in the event of disagreement, as may be determined by the Government.

 (xiv)         Power to execute any scheme.—(1) Where the Authority is satisfied that any direction given by it under sub-section (1) of Section 15 with regard to any scheme, has not been carried out by the Government Agency, the Authority may itself undertake any works for the execution of that scheme and the cost thereof, shall be borne as may be agreed between the Authority and the Government Agency and in the even of disagreement, as may be determined by the Government.

 (2)         Where any work is undertaken by the Authority under sub-section (1), it shall be deemed to have for the purposes of execution of such work, all the powers which may be exercised under any law for the time being in force by the Government Agency concerned.

CHAPTER V

GENERAL

 (xv)           Directions by Government.—The Authority shall, in discharging its functions, act and be guided by such directions as Government may give to it from time to time.

 (xvi)         Controlled Area.—The Authority may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare any locality within the area to be a controlled area, for the purposes of this Act and may issue in respect of such locality such directions as it considers fit and appropriate and do all such things as may be necessary for the prevention of haphazard growth, encroachments and unauthorized construction in such area.

 (xvii)       Power to act as a Municipal Committee.—During such period and such locality as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify the Authority may, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, exercise and perform such powers and functions as a Municipal Committee or a Municipal Corporation may exercise and perform in relation to a Municipality or a City, under the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 1979 (VI of 1979).

 (xviii)     Powers to remove sources of Pollution.—The Authority shall have full powers to undertake improvements of the environment of the area or any part thereof, and to check, replace, eliminate, remove, demolish, conserve, resettle or relocate the sources of environmental pollution such as milch cattle, horses or other animals, tongas, vehicular exhaust, industrial waste, solid waste, congestion, blight and slums etc.:—

Provided that the Authority shall provide alternate accommodation or compensation to be determined in accordance with the provisions in Chapter VI to any person evicted from the premises owned by him.

 (xix)         Beautification.—The Authority shall also undertake beautification of the
Area or part thereof, in any manner if deems fit, or to prepare schemes and prescribe environmental standards to be adopted by the Government Agencies or persons or to direct any Government Agency of person to undertake any improvements or activities for beautification of the Area or part thereof.

 (xx)           Borrowing money.—(1) The Authority shall be deemed to be a “Local Authority” for the purpose of borrowing money and an scheme or project prepared or undertaken by the Authority shall be deemed to be “work” as defined in Section 2 of the Local Authorities Loans Act, 1914 (Act IX of 1914):—

Provided that no local or foreign loan shall be obtained by the Authority without the previous sanction of the Government.

 (2)         The Authority may, in consultation with the Finance Department of the Punjab, borrow money or raise funds by issuing bonds or debentures or otherwise for carrying out the purposes of this Act, at such rate of interest as may be approved by the Government.

 (xxi)         Power to levy betterment fee.—Where at a consequence of any scheme having been executed by the Authority, the value of any property in that locality, in the opinion of the Authority, has increased or will increase, the Authority shall, with the previous consent of the Government, be entitled to levy upon the owner of the property or any person having an interest therein, a betterment fee in respect of the increase in value of the property resulting from the execution of the scheme.

 (xxii)       Assessment of betterment fee.—(1) When it appears to the Authority that any particular development scheme is sufficiently advance to enable the amount of the betterment fee to be determined the Authority may, by an order made in this behalf, declare that for the purpose of determining the betterment fee, the execution of the scheme shall be deemed to have been completed and shall, thereupon give notice in writing to the owner of the property or any person having an interest therein that the Authority proposes to assess the amount of the betterment fee in respect of the property under Section 23.

 (2)         The betterment fee under Section 23 or under sub-section (1) of this section, shall be assessed and be payable, in the manner prescribed.

CHAPTER VI

ACQUISITION

 (xxiii)     Liability to acquisition.—Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, all land within the area shall be liable to acquisition at any time in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

 (xxiv)     Application of Act, VIII of 1973.—The Authority shall be deemed to be an “Official Development Agency” and all schemes prepared by the Authority shall be deemed to be “Housing Schemes” as defined in Section 2 of the Punjab Acquisition of Land (Housing) Act, 1973 (Act VII of 1973), for the purposes of acquiring land under this Act and the provisions of sub-section (4) of Section 20 of the said Act, shall, with all necessary adaptations, mutatis mutandis, apply as if they have been enacted and formed part of this Act.

CHAPTER VII

FINANCE, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT

 (xxv)       Lahore Development Authority Fund.—(1) There shall be formed a fund to be known as the “Lahore Development Authority Fund” which shall vest in the Authority and shall be utilized by the Authority in connection with its functions under this Act including the payment of salaries and other remunerations to the members, officers, servants, experts and consultants of the Authority.

 (2)         To the credit of the Lahore Development Authority Fund, shall be credited,—

 a.            grants and loans made by the Government;

 b.            all moneys received from Federal Government or any international agency by way of grants, loans, advances or otherwise;

 c.             all fees, rates and charges received by the Authority under the Act;

 d.            all moneys received by the Authority from the disposal of lands, buildings and other properties, movable and immovable;

 e.             proceeds from the self-financing schemes of urban development and environmental sanitation; and

 f.              all other sums receivable by the Authority.

 (3)         The aforesaid sums in respect of services related to water supply, sewerage and drainage shall be credited separately to the head “Water Supply and Sanitation” and all other sums to the head “Urban Development”. The sums credited to the head “Water Supply and Sanitation” shall be exclusively utilized for the purposes of water supply, sewerage and drainage.

 (4)         In case of deficit revenue of the Authority, the Government shall provide from its own revenues or from any other source, such sum as may be necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Authority under this Act.

 (5)         The Authority may keep in current account of any scheduled bank such sum as may be prescribed and any amount in excess of the said amount shall be invested in Government securities, Government sponsored saving schemes or in such manner as may be determined by the Authority.

Explanation:—For the purpose of this sub-section, Government includes Federal Government.

 (xxvi)     Rates and Fees.—With the previous consent of the Government adequate funds may be raised by the Authority from time to time, to meet the cost of its schemes by imposing rates, fees and other charges.

 (2)         The rates, fees and other charges for water supply, sewerage and drainage schemes shall be such as to provide sufficient revenues:—

                           i.                                          to cover the operating expenses including taxes, if any, an interest to provide adequate maintenance and depreciations;

                         ii.                                          to meet repayments on long term indebtedness to the extent that such repayments exceed the provisions of depreciations;

                       iii.                                          to finance the normal year to year extension of any of such schemes and to provide a reasonable portion of the cost of future major expansion of such schemes.

 (xxvii)   Fees on Tube-wells.—(1) The Authority shall have the exclusive right to use ground water resources within the area.

 (2)         No person shall, without the permission of the Authority, install a tube-well at such places within the area, as may be notified from time to time in the official Gazette by the Authority.

 (xxviii) Accounts.—The Authority and its agencies shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare annual statement of accounts in such form as maybe prescribed.

 (xxix)     Budget.—The Authority shall prepare every year, in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, a budget in respect of the financial year next ensuing showing the estimated receipt and expenditure of the Authority and each of its Agencies and shall submit the same to the Government for approval if the Government does not approve or modify the budget within thirty days of its receipt, the budget as prepared by the Authority shall be deemed to be the approved budget.

 (xxx)       Audit.—The accounts of the Authority and each of its Agencies shall be audited annually by duly qualified auditors appointed by the Authority and each Agency respectively. This will be in addition to the pre-audit by the Government Auditors.

CHAPTER VIII

PENALTY AND PROCEDURE

 (xxxi)     Penalty.—Whoever contravenes any provision of this Act, or any rules or regulations made thereunder shall, if no other penalty is provided for such contravention, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine or with both.

 (xxxii)   Causing damage to property and disobedience orders.—(1) Whoever willfully causes damage, or allows damage to be caused to any property which vests in the Authority or which is intended to be acquired by the Authority or unlawfully converts it to his own or any other person’s use, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.

 (2)         Whoever refuses or willfully neglects to provide any Officer or servant of the Authority with the means necessary for entering into any premises for the purpose of collecting any information or making an examination or enquiry in relation to any water works shall be punishable with imprisonment extending to one year, or fine or with both.

 (3)         Whoever, without lawful excuse, fails or refuses to comply with any direction or order issued by the Authority under this Act, shall be guilty of an offence punishable under Section 33.

 (4)         Whoever attempts to commit or abets the commission of an offence punishable under this Act, shall be deemed to have committed that offence.

(4-A) Whoever negligently does any act in the performance of his duties which causes loss of money or property to the Authority or an Agency shall be liable to be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.

 (5)         Any Magistrate empowered for the time being to try in a summary way the offences specified in sub-section (1) of Section 260 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, may, if such Magistrate thinks fit, on application being made in this behalf by the prosecution, try an offence punishable under this Act, in accordance with the provisions contained in Section 262 to 265 of the said Code.

 (xxxiii) Cognizance of offences by Court.—No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except ion a complaint in writing made by an officer authorized for the purpose, by the Authority.

CHAPTER IX

MISCELLANEOUS

 (xxxiv) Annual Report.—The Authority shall prepare for every year a report of its activities during that year and submit the report to the Government in such form and on or before such date as may be prescribed.

 (xxxv)   Recovery of dues.—Any such due to the Authority from or any sum wrongly paid by the Authority to , any person under this Act, shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.

 (xxxvi) Conversion of property to a different use.—Any conversion of property to a different use or purpose than the one provided under a scheme, by a person or agency, without the previous approval of the Authority in within, shall be punishable with a fine which may extend to rupees five hundred per day from the date of its conversion till the default continues or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.

 (xxxvii)           Summary ejectment of unauthorized occupant.—The Deputy Commissioner or any person authorized by him or the Authority, in this behalf may summarily eject any person in unauthorized occupation of any land or property vested in the “Authority, and may for such ejectment use such force as may be necessary:—

Provided that no action under this section shall be taken without providing an opportunity of being heard to the person to be affected thereby.

 (xxxviii)         Removal of building, etc., erected or caused in contravention of this
Act
.—(1) If any building, structure, work or land is erected, constructed or used in contravention of the provisions of this Act or of any rule, regulation or order made thereunder, the Deputy Commissioner or any person authorized by him or the Authority in this behalf, may, by order in writing, require the owner, occupier, user or person in control of such building, structure, work or land to remove, demolish or alter the building, structure or work or to use it in such manner so as to bring such erection, construction or user, in accordance with the said provisions of this Act.

 (2)         If any order under sub-section (1) in respect of any building, structure, work or land is not complied with within such time, as may be specified therein, the Deputy Commissioner or any person authorized by him or the authority in this behalf, may, after giving the person affected by the order, an opportunity of being heard, remove, demolish or alter the building, structure or work, or stop the use of the land and, in so doing, may use such force as may be necessary and may also recover the cost construction or use of the building, structure, work or land in contravention of the provisions as aforesaid.

 (xxxix) Members, officer and employees to be public servants.—The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Members Director General, Officers, Servants, Experts and Consultants of the Authority for the Managing Director of an Agency shall, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act, be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of Section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

 (xl)             Immunity of the Authority and its employees.—No suit, prosecution or any other legal proceedings shall lie against the Authority, the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, The Director- General, any Member, Officer, Servant, Expert or Consultant of the Authority, or the Managing Director of an Agency in respect of anything done or intended to be done in good faith under this Act.

 (xli)           Jurisdiction of Courts barred.—Save as otherwise provided by this Act, no Court or other authority, shall have jurisdiction to question the legality of anything done on any action taken under this Act, by or at the instance of the Authority.

 (xlii)         Powers to make rules.—Subject to the provisions of this Act, Government may make rules for carrying into effect the purposes of this Act.

 (xliii)       Power to make regulations.—Subject to the provisions of this Act, and the rules framed thereunder, the Authority may make regulations as may be necessary, to carry out the purposes f this Act.

 (xliv)       This Act to prevail over other laws.—Subject to the Constitution, in the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the provisions of this Act and the provisions of any other law for the time being in force, the provisions of this Act shall, to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency, prevail.

 (xlv)         Succession.—On the establishment of the Authority under this Act,—

 a.                              all functions and powers with respect to the formulation, sanction and execution of schemes, and all functions with regard to water supply, sewerage and drainage within the area, heretofore performed by the Lahore Improvement Trust, shall be exercised and performed by the Authority;

 b.                              all properties, assets and liabilities pertaining t the Lahore Improvement Trust, shall vest in and be the liabilities, as the case may be, of the Authority.

CHAPTER X

REPEAL AND SAVINGS

 (xlvi)       Repeal.—(1) The Lahore Water and Sewerage Authority Act, 1975 is hereby repealed.

 (2)         On the establishment of the Authority under this Act, the Town Improvement Act, 1922, shall cease to apply to the Area and all schemes, projects, or works started under the said Act but not completed, shall be taken over by the Authority and executed under the provisions of this Act.

 (3)         Notwithstanding the repeal of the Lahore Water and Sewerage Authority Act, 1975 and the fact of the Town Improvement Act, 1922 ceasing to apply to the Area,—

 a.                              all rules, regulations and orders made, notifications issued, land acquired, schemes prepared or executed, rates and fees imposed, penalties or other charges levied, contracts entered into, suits instituted by or against Lahore Water and Sewerage Authority or the Lahore Improvement Trust or any other right accrued, or liability incurred or action taken, or proceedings initiated, shall so far as they are consistent with the provisions of this Act continue in force and be deemed to have been made, imposed, levied, entered into, instituted, prepared, executed, accrued or incurred, taken and initiated under this Act;

 b.                              the provisions of Sections 45, 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65 of the Town Improvement Act, 1922, shall continue to apply in so far as the acquisition made under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, are concerned and shall be deemed to have always applied.

SCHEDULE

[See Section 10(3)]

 (1)         Major questions of policy.

 (2)         Determining tariff of rates, fees and charges.

 (3)         Appointment of Managing Directors and officers immediately subordinate to them.

 (4)         Fixing salary, structures and staffing levels.

 (5)         Incurring long term loans.

 (6)         Making of regulations.

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