Will someone fix Sector G-14? It’s been 8 years

ISLAMABAD – Frustrated allotees on Thursday complained that a mafia in the Housing Department and the slackness of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation was delaying the development of Sector G-14 of the capital despite passage of eight years.

Some of the allotees, while talking to INP, complained that the land mafia had manipulated housing foundation, district administration and PWD, adding that officers of three departments had been allegedly supporting the land mafia.

They said that the PWD conducted a survey of the houses, but did not submit its reply in Islamabad High Court (IHC) during the last hearing and the court has directed the PWD to submit its reply on next hearing.
Later, the housing secretary called a special meeting on G-14 and gave a roadmap.
It was decided in the meeting to advertise tenders in the first week of January to begin work on the project, but the revised plan was still lying unimplemented.

Sources said that pre-qualification of the construction firms had been completed, but the work could not be commenced in G-14 Sector.

The allottees have demanded of the concerned authorities to start development work in G-14 Sector and initiate action against the land mafia. Continue reading

60pc uplift work completed in D-12

ISLAMABAD – Capital Development Authority (CDA) D-12 Director, Asad Mehmood Kiyani has said that almost 60 per cent work has been completed in D-12 sector. He said that remaining 40 per cent would be completed till 2013. The development work at sector D-12 of the federal capital had been lingering on due to lack of interest of the concerned officials and the CDA, despite passage of seven years.

The sector was launched 22 years ago and development work was started in 2005.

It was learnt that 90 percent construction work on roads, 30 percent on water supply, 40 percent on sewerage and drainage has been completed. Moreover, 80 percent work on electricity while 60 percent on gas services has been completed in the sector. Continue reading

3 LDA officers suspended

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has suspended three officers of the Town Planning Wing of LDA for their failure in curbing illegal constructions private housing societies in the City.

The suspended officers include Town Planning Director Faheem Ahmad, Deputy Director Fahad Younis and Assistant Director Ali Abbas.

They have been suspended for not controlling illegal constructions in Punjab Housing Society and Awasia Housing Society.

The staff of enforcement and estate management directorates of LDA retrieved possession of 33 kanals of land from illegal occupants, in the D-Block of Avenue-I Housings Scheme. Continue reading

Road network insufficient for Rapid Bus Transit System

Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is preparing a ten-year public transport plan for Islamabad having a Rapid Bus Transit System, as its essential part, but it would take more time to implement it for the general public than being anticipated by the civic body due to many problems.

The existing road network except for Jinnah Avenue and Kashmir Highway, which is under expansion, would not be sufficient for the RBT System, as the civic body would have to create an additional and dedicated lane to cope with the RBT System on many roads. The plan is being prepared with the technical support of the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing feasibility of the plan. Continue reading

LDA wings retrieve 33 kanals

LAHORE, July 19: Lahore Development Authority’s enforcement and estate management wings in a joint operation on Thursday retrieved a piece of land measuring 33 kanals from illegal occupants at D-Block (Mussallay Village) of the LDA-Avenue-1 residential scheme for government employees.

The retrieved land was handed over to the Engineering Wing of the LDA for execution of development works in the area. Construction of roads and other infrastructure had already been initiated on the land measuring 250 kanals that was earlier retrieved by the LDA from the occupants of the scheme’s D-Block (Nasir Gunj Village) on May 3, 2012. Continue reading