Gorakh Hill station: Allotted land not handed over to authority

DADU, Dec 1: The Sindh government has not yet handed over 426,997 acres of land to the Gorakh HillStation Development Authority it had allotted in 2008.

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A meeting was held in Karachi on Wednesday between the authority’s officials and deputy commissioner of Dadu with officials concerned to resolve land allotment. Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Mohammad Abbas chaired the meeting.
The authority’s director general Nazeer Ahmed Chakrani said that former chief secretary took the decision in February 2008 to hand over uncultivable and un-surveyed land measuring 284,597 acres in Khairpur Nathan Shah and 142,400 acres in Johi taluka to the authority but it had not been physically handed over yet.

Member of the Board of Revenue said the land would be handed over after DC of Dadu provided details about the land. On this, the DC showed him a file, saying the required details had already been sent to the BoR.

The chief secretary intervened and directed the member of BoR to allot the land in question in light of DC’s report.

Tourism Secretary Pir Bux Jamali said the matter of land allotment had been sent to BoR but it failed to resolve it and it would again be discussed at a meeting with additional chief secretary of planning and development.

He said that his office had received a letter on Wednesday from the finance department about release of Rs160 million, which had been sent to finance department for confirmation and hope that work on repair and renovation of road, electricity and huts at the Gorakh Hill Station would start within a week.

Minister for Tourism, Mohammad Ali Malkani said that the authority was pursuing its case. There were clear directives from the president and prime minister to develop the hill station, he said.

He said that roads, electricity and water supply projects worth Rs497 million were damaged during recent rains and work on GHDA came to a stop.

He said that funds were not released to restart the repair and renovation work.

The authority’s director general wrote a letter to IGP Sindh Syed Mushtaq Shah and SSP Dadu to hep recover wires and electricity poles damaged and stolen during rains.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/02/gorakh-hill-station-allotted-land-not-handed-over-to-authority.html

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