Lahore: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approved its ‘Building & Zoning Regulation 2019’ policy framework for the city’s high-rise projects, a news source reported. The civic body has prepared the regulations in a bid a to reshape Lahore as per the vision endorsed by Prime Minister (CM) Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar.
Under the new regulations, the civic agency has fixed the number of floors for commercial and residential high-rise buildings. It has now allowed four, seven, 10, 15, and 24 floors for high-rise buildings measuring 10 marlas, 1 kanal, 2 kanals, 4 kanals, and 8 kanals, respectively. Further, it has stated that the high-rise buildings spanning over an area of over 12 kanals will not have any height restrictions.
The new regulations also indicate that both commercial and residential high-rise projects will now be required to provide roof-top gardening and rain water harvesting facilities. Additionally, the owners of these buildings have to ensure the provision of parking, kiosks, and corner shop spaces.
As per officials, these new regulations aim to create more job opportunities, along with promotion of economic stability, growth of allied industries, and encouragement of green belts and plantation.
Meanwhile, the LDA will provide ‘one window facilitation’ service to the developers seeking construction permits.