–LDA receives Rs23.94 billion out of which Rs16,035,100,000 will be spent on development works
–WASA, TEPA receive Rs9.34 billion and Rs1.64 billion, respectively
LAHORE: A budget to the tune of Rs38.39 billion for the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and Traffic, Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) for the fiscal year 2018-19 was approved on Friday.
A meeting of LDA’s governing body, chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, approved the budget whereas more than Rs20 billion out of the total budget was allocated for the development works.
According to the details, the urban wing of LDA has received Rs23,947,900,000 out of which Rs16,035,100,000 will be spent on development works. The amount also includes the self-generated revenue of LDA which amounts to Rs5,617,200,000 along with the share of the Punjab government amounting to Rs10,410,000,000 for the annual development programmes and deposit works in the provincial capital.
Pakistan Today further learnt that Rs1,660,000,000 out of the self-generated funds of LDA would be used for residential schemes of the authority whereas Rs80 million will be spent on Avenue One, Rs120 million on the infrastructure development of the Finance and Trade Center Johar Town, Rs200 million on the new residential scheme of LDA City and Rs250 million on the infrastructure works of new residential schemes.
Rs570 million have been allocated for the constructions of other buildings and Rs130 million for the expansion of LDA’s office in Johar Town, whereas Rs100 million have been allocated for the Avenue One office, Rs50 million for the development of Park and Shop Plaza, Moon Market Lahore and Rs770 million for other development works, including Rs100 million for the development of an integrated computerised system of the authority, Rs10 million for the master plan of Lahore division and Rs150 million for pedestrian bridges on main roads of Lahore.
Similarly, Rs1 billion will be spent on the completion of the ongoing schemes of LDA whereas 480 million will be spent on the Park and Shop Arena in Johar Town. Rs50 million have been allocated for the completion of the roads structure plan.
From the government’s share, an amount of Rs1.19 billion will be spent on the deposit works, Rs210 million on the Shaukat Khanum Chowk flyover and Rs210 million will be spent on the expansion and development of Aik Moria Pul near the Railway Station.
Other than this, an amount of Rs640 million will be spent on the establishment of sports complexes in different constituencies of the provincial assembly members whereas Rs7.78 billion have been allocated for the completion of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT).
WASA & TEPA:
An amount of Rs9,346,700,000 has been allocated for WASA in the 2018-19 budget while the agency’s expenditures amount to Rs12.75 billion.
According to the details of the allocations, Rs3.34 billion will be spent on improvements in the sewerage system development, Rs30 million on the development scheme of Nishtar Town, Rs50 million on filtration plants in Johar Town and Tajpura zones, Rs5 million on sewerage development from Larex Colony to Gulshane Ravi scheme, Rs3.8 million on the installation of SCADA system on tube wells, disposal and lifting stations while Rs20 million will be spent on Phase II of Changa Pani. An amount of Rs50 million has also been allocated for the installation of filtration plants on almost 105 tube wells.
Almost Rs200 million have been allocated for the development of a stormwater drain pipes system in Lakshmi Chowk, McLeod Road, Nabha Road, Chauburji and Sham Nagar, Rs120 million for supply of clean drinking water, sewerage system, PCC and other works in Ravi Road, Islampura, Allama Iqbal Town, Canal Park, Sabzazar, Shahdara, Ganj Bazaar Gulistan Colony and adjoining areas whereas Rs130 million have been allocated for the same works in the Chohan Colony and Singhpura areas of Lahore.
Similarly, Rs40 million have been allocated for the improvement and development of sewerage in Sagian and Shahdara. For installation of hydrochlorination equipment on 200 tube wells in Lahore, Rs20 million have been allocated, Rs10.4 million for the feasibility study of drainage and sewerage of Charar Drain while an amount of Rs30 million has been reserved for a water supply system in Shadi Pura, Qalandarpura as well as Tanveerabad areas.
For the development of different drains in Bhamay Jhogian Village, Rs10.77 million will be spent whereas Rs45 million will be spent on other development schemes of WASA.
TEPA’s total budget, on the other hand, adds up to Rs1,649,400,000, out of which Rs800 million will be spent on development projects.