Additional Director General of Multan Development Authority (MDA) Asif Ali Farrukh has disclosed that one window centres are being set up at tehsil level in Punjab to protect masses from the exploitation of patwaris.

Addressing a delegation of trainee officers from Civil Services Academy here on Tuesday, he added that like other districts of the province, computerization of land record was underway in Multan and the people would get rid of patwaris’ exploitation with the completion of this project. He said that the people would get facilities like transfer of property and fard-e-milkiyat from one window centres and the patwaris would only do gurdawari.

Referring to the problems being faced by the citizens in big cities because of expansion of urban areas, he stressed the need for strict laws for Urban Planning and Building Control as well as their implementation. He said that the concepts of construction of flyovers and expansion of roads had become obsolete and the developed countries tackled traffic issues through scientific public transport systems. “Besides this, imposition of heavy parking fee also discourages the citizens to bring their personal vehicles to the roads,” he added. He said that parking issues could successfully be tackled by constructing parking plazas in big cities of Pakistan. He pointed out that at least 500 cars and motorbikes were registered daily on average which was alarming.