Federal capital in dire need of overhead bridges

M2 motorway between islamabad and lahore

M2 motorway between islamabad and lahore (Photo credit: manitoon)

Source: ISLAMABAD: The federal capital seems to be turning into a city of elite as the pedestrians’ right of overhead bridges has been ignored while wide and signal-free avenues are being developed to ensure uninterrupted traffic flow.

Those who face the brunt of this massive development are the pedestrians who are left to cross these signal-free avenues risking their lives because the motorists bother little about the rights or the safety of pedestrians. Continue reading

Lack of parking lots creates nuisance for commuters

ISLAMABAD  – Lack of proper parking facilities in most of the markets and shopping centres of the Federal Capital is creating nuisance for the commuters and the situation is worsening day by day with increasing number of vehicles.

The oldest and busiest business centres including Aabpara, Melody markets and Blue Area are worst hit which remain packed with vehicles throughout the day till late at night.

Encroachments, improper sewerage system and lack of parking plazas have turned these areas into ugly places with immense difficulties for shoppers and traders. Continue reading

Certificates given to building inspectors

LAHORE – Local Government Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal awarded certificates to the building inspectors at a ceremony held at Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company on the eve of their completion of departmental training on Sunday.

Local Government Department Punjab had recruited 60 building inspectors through Public Service Commission first time in the history of the Department. Addressing the ceremony as a chief guest, Secretary Local Government said Punjab Government had done away with the favoritism and had recruited 60 deserving and qualified young men as building inspectors purely on merit basis through PPSC. Continue reading

Proposals invited for allotment of land

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority has extended last date for inviting proposals from Chartered Accountant firms for review of acquisition and allotment of land in Gulshan-e-Ravi Scheme, Lahore, up to May 7.

This decision has been taken due to the increasing number of inquiries regarding scope and volume of work. The Chartered Accountant firms having affiliation with an international firm, experience of working with public sector organisation, capability and credibility have been invited for submitting their proposals. Interested firms will have to present firm’s profile showing all information outlined, copy of NTN, and information about technical skill level of resources to be involved in the engagement. Continue reading

Muslim Town Flyover completed

LAHORE – Travelling facilities are becoming available to people without any hindrance due to completion of Muslim Town Flyover whereas construction work of roads on all sides of this flyover is continuing on emergent basis under phase-II which will be completed soon. LESCO, WASA (Water Supply and Sewerage System) PTCL, NTC, optical fibre and other services have already been shifted.

This was stated by Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Communication & Works while presiding over a departmental meeting here on Friday. Chief Engineer Monitoring Munawar Bashir, Project Director Sabir Siddozai, representatives of NESPAK and NLC as well as other officers also attended the meeting. Continue reading

Illegal constructions in Satellite Town protested

RAWALPINDI: Illegal construction of four-, five- and seven-marla houses continues in the four-kanal plots of Satellite Town, allegedly with the connivance of corrupt elements in the Tehsil Municipal Administration. According to the residents of the area, the houses are being built without any approval of maps from the authorities concerned. The area already lacks civic amenities while electricity load shedding and water-supply problems have reportedly reached an alarming proportion. “The mushroom growth of illegal constructions will aggravate our problems,” said a resident. “No sanitation programme is in place here and the illegal constructions will turn the entire area into a garbage dump,” said another resident of the area. The residents have demanded an operation against illegal constructions, besides initiation of stern action against corrupt elements of the department concerned for allowing such constructions. online Continue reading

Financial crunch delays Zero Point loop construction,

Typical light mounting in Calgary, Alberta, Ca...

Typical light mounting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD  – Owing to financial crunch faced by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the under-construction loop of Zero Point Interchange could not be completed so far and the contractor has stopped the work.

Sources said that delay in the payment of Rs 200 million pending bill to the construction firm has affected pace of the construction work.

Motorists have been facing problems due to delay in the construction of the said loop which links Fiasal Avenue and Kashmir Highway. On the other hand, the CDA sources claimed the construction work is almost complete, adding that it would be opened for general traffic within a month. A visit to the site showed that it has yet to be black topped and other pavement work is yet to be carried out.

The construction firm is constantly demanding payment of pending bills but CDA on the pretext of facing financial crisis is not paying their dues, which have resulted delay in its completion, sources further added.

Meanwhile several other important roads including IJ Principal Road from Faizabad to Churh are in poor conditions and have developed big hoes.  Even the authority is leased interested to carry out the patchwork.  On the other hand the CDA Chairman and the Prime Minister’s Advisor for the Capital are making tall claims to make the capital a model city.

Meanwhile, lack of traffic signals at Morgah More u-turn has posed life threat to the citizens due to increase in road accidents.

In the early hours of day that are office hours, traffic rush multiplies and the road becomes impassable for the pedestrians.

“We are working as teachers in Rawat Model town and we can not cross this road due to speedy traffic at opening and closing hours of our institutions. We have to wait for hours to cross this road, said a group of lady teachers.  This road goes blocked due to heavy oil tankers traffic and our school wagon stands sandwiched among the oil tankers due to lack of traffic signal and non-appoint of any traffic warden.

We often reach late in our schools by one or two hours due to this difficulty, said a group of school students. Daily one or two ageing persons or children are hit by the cars while crossing the road and they get injured but no action has so far been taken for installation of any traffic signal and appointment of traffic warden, said the residents of area. The residents demanded immediate installation of traffic signals and deployment of traffic warden.

Source: http://www.homespakistan.com/www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/25-Apr-2012/financial-crunch-delays-zero-point-loop-construction


IHC stays allotment of plots to CDA officers

Justice Muhammad Anwar Kasi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday retrained the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from allotting plots in the developed sectors to its officers serving in grade-17 to 19 while issuing a stay order directing the civic body to maintain status quo till final adjudication.

An IHC bench on April 29, 2011, had issued stay orders regarding allotment of 4,000 plots to CDA employees serving in grade 1 to 16. The same case is pending before the IHC.

In the petition against allotment of plots to grade 17 to 19 officials of the CDA, the petitioner, Ghulam Mehboob Khokhar, said that the CDA is going to further allot plots in the developed sectors of Islamabad to its officers who have only ten-year service. According to him, it is clearly violation of the Article 25 as well as of the Islamabad Land Disposal Regulation (ILDR) 2005 resulting in loss of billions of rupees to the public exchequer. Continue reading

Plea to CDA office’s conversion into commercial plot dismissed

Panoramic view of Pharwala Fort near Islamabad...

Panoramic view of Pharwala Fort near Islamabad Pakistan beside the Swaan Stream. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed the petition seeking cancellation the auction of complaint building in F-10 Markaz into commercial plot for mega project. The court could not interfere in the peripheral issues of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) as CDA has its own by laws to deal such matters, Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddqui ordered while hearing a petition of Dr.Muhammad Aslam Khaki chairman of Insaf Welfare trust. During the course of hearing, Aslam Khaki petitioner apprised the bench that CDA has recently announced the auction of seven commercial plots at various locations of Islamabad for the construction of mega project. Out of these plots, one located in F10 markaz which is working as inquiry office of CDA and it registers the complaints of Water, Sewerage and other facilities supplied by the CDA,he added Khaki contended that the said plot was being used for public purpose and cannot be converted to any commercial purpose or use. He prayed the court to cancel the said auction and direct CDA not to take any step towards such conversion or permission for construction of building. Continue reading

CDA fails to start development work


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has fallen short of its commitment to start development work at its dream project ‘Park Enclave’ by fourth week of this month.

CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal while talking to ‘The News’ on March 31 had given his words that the development work at the sector, which was launched in July last year, would begin exactly 21 days after.

A senior official of the civic, however, told this correspondent on Monday that it would take at least two months to kick off civil work including construction of approach roads to the main road. Continue reading