LAHORE - The Punjab government has eventually scrapped the well-trumpeted plan to build multi-storey flats for the shelterless people on the unregistered Katchi Abadis in Aziz Bhatti Town limits. And now government has decided to build these multi-storey flats on the vacant government land in Moza Harbanspura. The pre-partition unregistered Katchi Abaidis are spreading over 400 kanal land comprising Rasool Pura, Qalandar Pura, Harbanspura, Mochi Pura and Nawab Pura. These small localities are waiting since decades to get the status of registered Kachi Abadis under Punjab Katchi Abadis Act 1992. The City District Government has to dump the plan due to the strong resistance of the residents of these unregistered localities who had announced to stage protest demonstration in front of Punjab Assembly. DCO Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta announced the withdrawal plan on Sunday after a meeting with 15-member delegation of these Katchi Abadis, who called on him headed by CM Punjab Coordinator Waheed Gull at the district court. The delegation comprised Nazim Haji Muhamamd Ashraf, Nazim Mian Iftikhar, Nazim Mian Mehmood Ahmed, Ex-Councilors Hafiz Rustam, General Councillor Ch Muhammad Abbas, Councilor (Nawa-npind) Haji Muhammad Akbar, Councillor (Qalandar Pura) Khalil Ahmed and others. During the meeting, it was decided that these Katchi Abadis would be awarded the status of registered Kachi Abadis while decision about the fate of farmhouses would be taken separately. On the assurance, the delegation called off the strike and protest demonstration calls. As per details, Minister for Local Bodies Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa had announced to convert Katchi Abadis into Multi-storey flats under the garb of providing residential facilities to the poor. He also made announcement to initiate the plan from Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sar-godah, Sahiwal, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and Faisalabad at a cost of Rs2 billion. DCO along with officials of revenue department had started surveying the area by making frequent visits. During the survey it was pointed out that on these Katchi Abadis government should construct multi-storey flats. The high-ups ignored the fact that the people living in these shanty areas strongly rebuffed the move and asserted to resist the construction of flats. Another fact about this move is that government had by itself conducted five surveys to get these abadis registered. A high-level committee comprising MPA Mian Naveed Anjum, CM Coordinator Haji Waheed Gull, Deputy Secretary of Colonies Board of Revenue, Deputy Secretary Settlement Board of Revenue Punjab Deputy Director (Katchi Abadis) LDA and Assistant Director Marketing (Katchi Abadis) was in process in this regard.