A recent investigation has exposed a fraudulent scheme within the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), revealing the manipulation of official documents for the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOCs). This elaborate scam, masterminded by corrupt officials in both the Housing Directorates and Town Planning Wings of the LDA, has inflicted substantial financial losses on the national treasury.
Owais Mushtaq, the Additional Director General (Housing) of the LDA, unearthed the fraud during a routine inspection of certain files. His scrutiny revealed NOC reports featuring unclear wording, intentionally exchanged between the Housing Directorate and the Town Planning Wing, strategically omitting any mention of outstanding dues on properties.
Taking swift action, Mushtaq directed the Chief Town Planners to ensure that all reports distinctly state the commercial status of properties and any pending dues. A senior LDA officer from the Housing wing commented that this new practice, if effectively implemented, would safeguard both the authority and property buyers from substantial financial losses and inconvenience.
The officer further recommended initiating a random internal audit of NOC cases to identify similar instances of fraud. If needed, a comprehensive audit should be conducted to assess the overall financial impact on the LDA. He emphasized the necessity for stringent action against those involved in these deceptive practices.
Owais Mushtaq, in a statement, emphasized that the exposure of this scam underscores the vigilance and seriousness of the LDA’s higher management. He assured that strict departmental action would be taken against anyone failing to comply with the new directive.