A recent report has stated that land worth more than Rs16 billion was retrieved during the on-going anti-encroachment drive in Punjab's provincial capital, Lahore.

According to the report, released by the district administration of Lahore, 3,757 kanals of land was retrieved in the drive. A spokesman of the district administration said that the operation is underway in five tehsils against land mafia.

The report stated that during the operation, 182 kanals of land, belonging to Lahore Development Authority (LDA), 354 kanals of land, belonging to forest department and 663 kanals of land, belonging to the Ring Road Authority were retrieved.

The spokesman further said that 2,556 kanals of land, belonging to the revenue department, and two kanals of land, belonging to the National Highway Authority, was also retrieved.

The drive against land mafia and illegal encroachments in Lahore was launched a day after the Supreme Court ordered the Interior Ministry to place alleged land grabber Mansha Bomb and his sons on the Exit Control List.

During the first two days of the operation, the LDA demolished the furniture market of land grabber Mansha Bomb and retrieved over 25 showrooms and 20 commercial plots in the market located at the PIA road.