NOC-issuance process being made simpler for private housing schemes in Punjab

Lahore: The Punjab Local Government Department has sent new private housing schemes rules to the Law Department in order to make the societies’ approval system more convenient for the developers, a news source reported. The department has recommended modification in the existing rules, which were implemented in 2010. 

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The change in these rules will help streamline the approval procedure for private housing schemes by removing the conditions for preliminary planning permission. Under the proposed arrangements, the developer will submit the proof of land ownership and all related documents to the Local Government Department in order to procure a No-Objection Certificate (NOC). 

In another development, the federal government has decided to revoke the subsidy being given to private housing schemes on gas connections. According to the details, the decision was made due to dwindling natural gas reservoirs and the high cost of imported Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). Following the introduction of this policy, the new connections in private housing schemes will be issued for LNG instead of Sui Gas. 

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Reportedly, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has started issuing LGN connections to owners of newly built houses in private housing schemes. Sources also claim that the LNG connection holders will be required to pay bills on a weekly basis.