LAHORE - Despite the opposition by Finance Department, Planning and Development (P&D), Housing, and Traffic Planning and Engineering Agency (Tepa), orders have been issued for releasing Rs125 million to the most favoured firm of the top echelons. The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) had already paid Rs60 million to the same firm; a move opposed by the abovementioned departments. On the other hand, Chairman P&D Sami Saeed was relieved from the slot and his services placed at the Centres disposal, as Sami had expressed his reservations about the firm against the wishes of the top personality. Similar treated was meted out to Chief Officer Tepa Chaudhry Younus, the senior most engineer of LDA, by making him the OSD. According to the sources, DG LDA Umer Rasool while following the directives declared M/S Al-Imam Enterprises as the sole international standard firm and awarded an Rs230 million contract under the chief ministers discretionary powers for 'Urban Regeneration and 'Traffic Planning in Gulberg area of Lahore. Later, the Jail Road and The Mall were also included as a part of the contract as the aforementioned amount was much more than the requirements of the original task. But Sami Saeed, the then chairman P&D, expressed his dissenting note in letter while other top officials of the department were also against the move, saying the same assignment had been completed by Tepa, LDA, JICA, Asian Development bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB), the reports of which were available with the Tepa. This task was achieved under the supervision of ex-chief engineer Tepa Khushal Khan Khattak who is currently on Al-Imams payroll. According to the sources, the previous reports were handed over to Al-Imams as a result of its repeated demands; thus, the old material would be shaped into the new 'desk survey. After this disclosure, the additional secretary (Technical) Housing, in a letter dated: 05-05-10, asked the secretary P&D, secretary Transport, MD Tepa and Project Director Urban Unit to submit the details of the completed survey. Menawhile, Chief Engineer Tepa Chaudhry Younus objected to the payment of Rs230 million without the third party evaluation, but the principled stance culminated in his posting as the OSD. Sources say the Al-Imam Enterprises has now submitted a 'huge book and pressed the demand of releasing the remaining Rs170 million, which yielded the desired result of the directives to disburse the same. Furthermore, Rs125 million would be paid within next two to three days. Sources say the surveys conducted during the tenure of former chief secretary Salman Siddique before the construction of eight different roads around the Civil Secretariat, including Old Anarkali and Lady Maclegan Road, and another one for Shahrah-e-Quaid-Azam are also 'attached as a part of the Al-Imams work.