Rs 380m embezzlement reported in Benazir Park’s construction

Mohatta Palace Clifton, Karachi.

Mohatta Palace Clifton, Karachi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KARACHI: The Anti-Corruption & Establishment Department (ACED) Karachi has registered a case against former Director Parks, Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and 21 other officials, including six contractors for their alleged involvement in corruption amounting to over Rs 380 million in the construction of Benazir Park. Talking to the Daily Times here on Friday, Director ACED Javed Baloch said that a special team of anti-corruption launched an inquiry into the reported corruption in Benazir Park, Clifton’s construction. staff report


Rs136m released for Bari Imam Complex

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has transferred Rs 136 million in the head of Capital Development Authority for expeditious completion of Hazrat Bari Imam Shrine Complex.

location of Islamabad

location of Islamabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was told in a meeting held here Friday under the chairmanship of Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Tariq Mehmood Pirzada.

The meeting decided to constitute a joint committee of accounts officers of ICT Administration and CDA to reconcile the existing funds transferred to the accounts of both for expeditious completion of the on-going development projects of ICT Administration, which are being executed by the Capital Development Authority. Continue reading

CDA to use Park Enclave’s money on other projects


The CDA Board on Friday allowed utilisation of money collected from allottees of the Park Enclave on projects other than the posh housing scheme, which was launched on Park Road in July last year but the development activity was yet to start there.

The CDA Board meeting chaired by Chairman Farkhand Iqbal decided that the utilisation of money lying in CDA accounts was internal matter of the authority. The decision was taken at a time when the civic body had already spent a considerable amount from the money collected from the allottees.

The board members opined that the CDA would be able to generate sufficient from previous auction and upcoming auction of commercial and residential plots which could be utilised on development of Park Enclave. Continue reading

Body formed to complete uplift projects

Proposed flag of Islamabad Capital Territory, ...

Proposed flag of Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan (ref: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD, May 4: The local administration and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) have decided to constitute a committee to expedite work on eight development projects in the city, including the construction of Bari Imam Shrine Complex.

The committee of accounts officers will utilise the funds transferred to the CDA by the capital territory administration for expeditious completion of the projects.

This was decided during a meeting chaired by Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mahmood Pirzada the other day.

The commissioner said the pace of work on the projects should be expedited to complete them without further delay. The local administration has released funds for the projects a long time ago, he added.The meeting was informed that the ICT administration had transferred Rs136 million to the CDA for completion of the Bari Imam Shrine Complex. However, it has been observed that work on the project has almost stalled due to non-release of the dues to the contractor by the CDA.

Member Finance CDA Javed Jhanghir assured the meeting that he would take up the matter with the chairman CDA and the member engineering to resolve the matter.

Project Director Ayaz Khan also assured the participants that he would immediately complete the construction of the gate at the police line headquarters and would also complete the remaining security-related development projects on a priority basis. Continue reading

LDA Avenue-I scheme Villagers stay put to save remaining land

LAHORE, May 4: Price factor is the main reason behind Nasir Ganj villagers’ strong resistance to the LDA operation to retrieve `state’ land falling in the LDA Avenue-1 residential scheme on Raiwind Road.

In a day-long operation on Thursday which left over a dozen people injured, the LDA retrieved 250 kanal land the villagers had refused to surrender at a `cheaper’ rate of of Rs400,000 per acre (eight kanal).

Nasir Ganj land owners told Dawn on Friday that though the officials had succeeded in retrieving the land from them forcibly on Thursday, they would put up a do and died resistance if the authority tried to eject them from the remaining seven kanal land housing their dwellings. Continue reading