Peshawar – In an effort to protect farmland and prevent haphazard housing corporations on farmland, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established the Land Use and Construction Control Authority.

Chairing a meeting regarding the Land Use and Building Control Authority here, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan ordered the relevant authorities to take concrete steps to make the new Land Use Control Authority fully functional land and construction on a war footing. He said that the purpose for which the authority was established must be achieved at all costs.

Provincial Local Government Minister Faisal Amin Gandapur, Finance Secretary Ikramullah, Secretary Law Masaud Ahmad and other relevant senior officials 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 has ordered the affected wards to call the first council meeting in a few weeks.

The board will be headed by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while the additional chief secretary, senior revenue board member, relevant administrative secretaries and private sector experts will be the members of the board.

The Land Use Council is mandated to provide a policy framework and is the highest forum for approval of land use, master plans and spatial plans in the province. In addition, the Board will oversee, monitor and implement policies and strategies.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister also ordered 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.