Lahore: The Punjab Board of Revenue has planned to penalise unlawful housing schemes and commercial projects developed on state land acquired for agricultural purposes, news sources reported. In addition to the imposition of increased condonation charges, the landowners will also be fined for violating land-use regulations.
According to the details, the government would collect fines from landowners as well as a 30% condensation charge for converting government agricultural land into housing societies and commercial projects. Similarly, industrialists who purchased the state-owned property for industrialisation but then changed it to housing developments are expected to be charged with monetary penalties. To this effect, the Punjab Board of Revenue will issue notifications to the owners and collect fines at the market rate, following the initial surveys and validation.
In another development, Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) Babar Hayat Tarar stated on Friday that the Punjab government is planning to make digitised land records available to expatriates in four countries. Initially, 14 Pakistani missions would make digital land records available to Pakistanis residing overseas.
He further said that the digitalization of around 8,000 rural revenue centres is expected to be completed early in the next year, with a total of 1,057 centres already digitised and another 3,000 centres to be opened in November, with another 3,000 opening by the end of January to finish the process of providing residents with digital access to land records at their doorsteps.