Lahore: The Punjab Board of Revenue (BoR) has launched a foreign-funded ‘Cadaster of Punjab’ project to digitally map all urban centres (including Lahore) in the province. The said initiative is worth USD 150 million, according to a news report published on March 29.
According to the details revealed, the BoR has initiated the preparations for Lahore’s digital map – which will be formulated in coordination with the Survey of Pakistan. Under this project, all buildings in the provincial capital will be mapped in the first phase, numbers will be allotted to all buildings.
In addition to allotting numbers to each building, its area, value and owner details will be digitalized as well. After the project completion across Lahore and other urban centres of Punjab, immoveable properties’ Khasra numbers will be abolished.
Moreover, the Punjab cabinet has approved a land reforms law tabled by BoR – under which the offices of private housing schemes will be declared public offices and records of these societies will be sealed. Also, legal action will be launched against these housing schemes if they fail to undergo audit on regular basis.
BoR Senior Member Babar Hayat Tarar confirmed that Digital Girdawari (periodical inspection to verify ownership) had already been launched in 807 qanungoiyan. He expressed hoped that with improved data digitalisation taxation process will become easier and effective.