Encroachments: Towns to recheck cleared areas, but not Walled City

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The city district government has directed the town municipal administrations (TMAs) to recheck areas that were cleared of encroachments earlier this year and remove those that have returned.

However, the orders do not extend to the Walled City and parts of Data Ganj Bakhsh Town. Though some of the densest areas in the city, these places were not touched during the drive against encroachments, and the city government appears to have no plans to do so in future either. This is largely due to the high number of merchants and businessmen in the area with strong political connections. Continue reading

Shahbaz reviews projects

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LAHORE, Nov 20: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says all-out resources are being utilised for the welfare of masses and the development of the province ensuring transparency and their timely completion, according to a handout.

During briefings of various development projects in Sunday on Lahore, Mr Sharif said the Pakistan Muslim League-N under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif would implement the agenda of public service.

The chief minister reviewed under-construction Canal Road, Jallo Road, horticulture work in Jallo Park, fencing wall on Ring Road and the development work on Multan Road. Continue reading

Overhead bridge awaits completion

ISLAMABAD, Oct 30: It was only after many college and school-going students lost their lives in the morning rush hour to catch their classes that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) decided to erect an overhead bridge on IslamabadHighway near Shakarparian.

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However, it has been more than three years since the civic agency, which is known for its multi-billion projects, started the construction work way back in 2008, and the project is yet to see light of day.

When construction work started at the selected site to facilitate students of a number of schools and colleges situated across the road, it looked as if the project would be completed within days. But the half-built structure staring at the passing by motorists tells the real story of CDA`s failure.

Massive traffic delays from Faizabad Bridge, the main entry point of Islamabad, onwards have become a routine affair during morning and evening rush hours. For parents who have to drop their kids at schools in the morning, office-goers and the constituents who come to the capital city to see their MNAs have to undergo taxing traffic experience the moment they enter Islamabad.
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