The Metropolitan Corporation Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board launched an initiative to issue e-building permits for warehouses from e-Khidmat Centre at Town Hall, Lahore.
Mayor Lahore Col. (r) Mubashir Javed, Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, representative of Punjab Information Technology Board, Project Implementation Unit staff, representatives of CMO and DG, LG&CD also attended the inauguration ceremony hosted at Jinnah Hall, Lahore.
The launch of e-building permit issuance of the warehouse from the facilitation centre is part of the overall reform agenda that the Government of Punjab has envisaged to facilitate the public/investors. This has been made possible through tireless efforts of P&D, MCL/LG&CD and Punjab Information Technology Board. Through this facility the citizen can obtain construction permits from e-Khidmat Centres within 21 days.
Addressing the participants, P&D Secretary Iftikhar Ali Sahoo said that the program intervention is to improve the aggregate performance of Pakistan in the ‘Doing Business’ indicators which fall under the jurisdiction of the province, like starting a business, registering property, dealing with construction permits and enforcing contracts. He said that now the issuance of construction permits would take only 21 days instead of more than 200 days, which would greatly benefit the general public investors and save their precious time. Through this initiative, investors would be provided a one-window facility, thus eliminating the need to visit various offices and reducing processing time, P&D Secretary added.
P&D Secretary Iftikhar Sahoo told that Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab has embarked upon the agenda of improving investment climate in the province by improving aggregate performance on key ‘Doing Business’ indicators through collaborative approach involving private sector and development partners. One of the important Doing Business indicators is issuance of building permits. Pakistan is currently standing at 141 on this indicator globally.
P&D Department in collaboration with various agencies has taken a lead to improve our Doing Business indicator at the provincial level. In this regard, a comprehensive Doing Business Reform Agenda is being implemented in Punjab Province.