Lahore: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to clear hundreds of kanals of land in Johar Town Expo Centre area settled by squatters, a news source reported. An operation for this purpose has been launched.
The squatters are thought to be a part of the modus operandi of land mafia where first shanties are built and slowly the land is possessed. The encroached land measures around 1,000 kanals where other structures have also been constructed. The squatters claim that they pay influential people rent for living there.
Moreover, district administration also conducted operation against encroachments in Shah Alam, Firdousi Market, and Shahdara. Thirty shopkeepers were taken into custody and encroachments removed. 390 kanals of land was repossessed in Raiwind and a building demolished in Shahdara.
Land measuring 56,846.47 kanals has been retrieved from land mafia in Lahore. The operation launched in October is part of the Clean and Green Initiative launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan.