Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed that cadastral mapping is important for eliminating encroachments and enhancing land revenues.
Chairing a meeting of National Coordination Committee on Housing, Construction and Development, in Islamabad on Wednesday, he further stated that land-use changes need to be checked where green vegetation areas are being converted to urban projects. He advised all the provincial and Azad Kashmir governments to expedite legislation to put a stop to land-use changes.
Imran Khan said protection of green spaces and agriculture lands is essential for environmental considerations and to safeguard food security. However, construction projects would be allowed under regulations.
The meeting was informed that under Phase-1 of the mapping exercise, ninety percent digitization of State Land has been completed in Punjab, ninety six percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fifty percent in Balochistan.
The Chairman CDA informed the meeting that with the help of Cadastral Maps, the civic authority has started imposition of fines on encroachers and the amount collected is being user for compensation of general masses who were defrauded by illegal housing societies.
Earlier, the Prime Minister also chaired a meeting to review progress on Ravi Urban Development Project and Central Business District Lahore.
Imran Khan directed the concerned authorities to expedite progress on these projects as these are important for attracting foreign direct investment in the country.