Lahore: The Punjab government recently directed the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to lay the groundwork for establishing an independent Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) — according to a news source. Initially, the new government body was being planned under the aegis of the LDA; however, this plan was later scrapped.
Reportedly, if the new authority is developed as an independent government entity, then it will have its own governing body and it will be responsible for establishing a new city along the Ravi riverfront. Previously, the RUDA was supposed to be similar to the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA). Now it will be a separate authority and the LDA has already been directed to prepare the paperwork for the purpose.
In related news, the LDA has proceeded with the work required for the development of the LDA-employee apartments in LDA City — with the project expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The LDA recently sent a formal request to the Prime Minister’s office in this regard.