TMA fails to get dangerous buildings vacated

RAWALPINDI: The Rawal Town Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA) has failed to get vacated the buildings that have been declared dangerous.

Earlier, the residents of the dilapidated buildings had been directed to vacate their houses and shift to some safe places.

Around 300 buildings, particularly near the Nullah Lai, were declared “extremely dangerous” and “unsafe to be used for living” after a survey conducted in this regard by the TMA. The residents of these buildings had been issued final vacation notices to leave their places at the earliest.

It has been learnt that the buildings in various areas of Rawalpindi are in a dilapidated condition, posing life threats to the occupants.

The TMA had been issuing notices to the owners, but in vain. Continue reading

9th Avenue shows signs of wear, needs repair

ISLAMABAD, July 22: Federal capital’s one of the most important roads, 9th Avenue, is worse for wear due to which not only traveling on the road is becoming uncomfortable but the walls and rocks put in place to enhance its beauty are also falling down.

Eight-kilometre-long road was constructed with the cost of Rs 1.68 billion and inaugurated on February 24, 2008. It is the only road of the city half of which was made of coal tar and the rest of concrete, Dawn has learnt.

According to sources, the dilapidated road is carrying nearly half of the load of Islamabad Highway because most of the residents of Rawalpindi use 9th Avenue to go to Blue Area and Pak Secretariat. On it, there are only two signals one at Peshawar Mor and the other at Jinnah Avenue.

Mohammad Bilal, who works in a semi-government department and uses the road every day, said that with the passage of time the road had been de-shaped and it was not as comfortable as it used to be at the time of inauguration.

“At so many places, the road has been de-shaped because heavy traffic including trucks and containers ply on it. Under the bridges, iron shade on water channels had also been broken and they could become a reason of accident any times,” he warned.

Another citizen, Mukhtar Ahmed, said that to enhance the beauty of the road, rocks were placed at different places and walls were erected along it but unfortunately Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stopped its maintenance due to which walls had also been affected.

“Near H-9 sector, the wall made to beautify the road has been demolished which gives the impression that low quality material may have been used for its construction,” he said. Continue reading