PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established a Land Use and Building Control Authority to prevent lawless housing corporations on farmland and to protect these spaces.

According to a statement, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan ordered relevant authorities to take steps to ensure that the new Land Use and Construction Control Authority is fully operational on a war footing so that the target for which it was created is achieved.

He was chairing a meeting regarding the land use and building control authority here. Provincial Local Government Minister Faisal Amin Gandapur, Finance Secretary Ikramullah and Secretary Law Masaud Ahmad attended the meeting.

The meeting approved the establishment of the Provincial Land Use and Building Control Board under the Land Use and Building Control Authority Act. The chief minister ordered to convene the first meeting of the council in a few weeks.

The board will be headed by the chief minister while the additional chief secretary, senior revenue board member, relevant administrative secretaries and private sector experts will be its members.

The council is mandated to provide a policy framework and is the highest forum for approval of land use and master plans in the province.

The Chief Minister also directed the authorities of the local government department to devise a lease policy for the acquisition of land on lease for the establishment of markets and bus stops.

Posted in Dawn, July 8, 2022