6th Road flyover construction starts next week

RAWALPINDI – Formal work on construction of 6th Road flyover would start from next week.  To this effect, an alternative traffic plan has been prepared, which will be approved in a meeting of commissioner office on 1st September. SE of Punjab motorway department Farhat Babar has said that machinery has been shifted to the sixth road, which will be used in construction.

The construction work is estimated to be completed in 120 days and RS 1042 million have been allocated for this project. Continue reading

No slum will be allowed in the sector: CDA chief

Islamabad

The residents of G-9/4 on Thursday received an assurance from Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Farkhand Iqbal that no slum would be allowed in the sector.

A delegation, comprising residents of the sector, held a meeting with the CDA chairman and conveyed their grievances to him.

During the meeting, the CDA chairman told residents that the CDA Environment Wing would carry out plantation drive in the area along the ‘nullah’ where the Christian community, while trying to occupy the land, had cut a number of trees. Initially, the CDA would plant fruit saplings to restore the green area, the CDA chairman said.

Meanwhile, tension continued in the sector, as members of the Christian community staged a sit-in in the children’s park and held a protest demonstration on an adjacent road. They also took out a protest rally in front of the Parliament House.

Meanwhile, the residents of the sector accused the international media of unnecessarily projecting the issue and presenting one side of the matter. “Neither these Christians belong to village Mehra Badi nor there is any life threat to them,” they said. They said that the international media should also record their point of view. Continue reading

PM blocks sale of Blue Area plots

ISLAMABAD, Aug 30: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that his government will never compromise on transparency and good governance and therefore blocked the sale of commercial plots in Blue Area.

The Prime Minister took this decision after he found that the auction of commercial plots in Blue Area was not held in transparent manner.

According to an advertisement given by the authority on July 20, the CDA decided to sell 12 plots each measuring up to 1333.33 square yards located in F-9 and G-9.

The civic authority has not received many bids, and the 12 plots have only attracted 11 buyers.

A CDA official told Dawn that with 12 plots and 11 buyers, the sale of plots through pre-qualification means that CDA will likely fetch a  lower price for commercial plots and will only benefit those in charge.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethi and Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal at the Prime Minister’s House this morning to ascertain the facts of the case, according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s office.

After discussing the matter in detail, the Prime Minister directed that the auction be held in abeyance. Continue reading

Islamabad to have 5,000 more flats

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Housing Nauman Ahmad Langrial has directed Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) to locate as soon as possible feasible land for the construction of 5,000 more flats in the capital. The minister was chairing a meeting on Tuesday to discuss proposals to resolve the issue of increasing demand for accommodation in the federal capital. The minister inquired from the PHA officials about the current number of flats, residential condition, demand of new allottees and vacating status of old flats by retiring officers. The minister also said that providing all basic facilities to the government officials was the responsibility of the federal government. Langrial urged the officials concerned to expedite the process in this respect to ensure efficiency.

“It is very important to get the positive output from our present human resource,” he emphasised. The state minister said, “We all have to work together to eliminate corruption, nepotism and bring a culture of smooth functioning to double the progress pace.” staff report Continue reading

Punjab govt okays 8 uplift schemes

LAHORE – The Punjab government has approved eight development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs63.5 billion.

The approval was given in the seventh meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of financial year 2012-13, presided over by Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam.

The approved schemes include: 1) internal merit scholarships (Rs299.7 million); 2) Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (Rs2,618.53 million); 3) land acquisition and partial development of area development scheme-II in Sheikhupura (Rs425.710 million); 4) enhancing the capacity of Charrar drain to cater to rain water of Ring Road (Rs301.797 million); 5) widening / improvement of remaining portion of Bedian Road including construction of bridge over BRB Canal (length: 15.2-km), Lahore (Rs319.672 million); 6) rehabilitation of Gujranwala-Hafizabad Road (length: 41.8-km), District Gujranwala and Hafizabad (Rs1,649.785 million); 7) widening / improvement of Ali Pur Muzaffargarh Road (Rs725.169 million); and 8) construction of high level bridge over River Jhelum at Langarwala Pattan, District Sargodha and Khushab (Rs10.1 million).

Source: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/lahore/30-Aug-2012/punjab-govt-okays-8-uplift-schemes

Villagers, CDA sort out issues as road starts

ISLAMABAD: Work on a new highway, which would help Capital Development Authority (CDA) start the planned sectors of C13, C14, C15 and C16, has been initiated from the Islamabad side as well. CDA Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal revealed this during his chat with the villagers during his routine visit to the Margalla Avenue project on Wednesday. The villagers assured him of their full cooperation in the completion of the project.

English: Map of Islamabad

English: Map of Islamabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CDA chairman while addressing the villagers told them that the highway would not only bring prosperity but will also prove to be a facility aimed at boosting trade and better transportation to the citizens and traders of Islamabad. The highway, Iqbal said, will not only facilitate the northwestern transport coming to Islamabad but will help reduce traffic load on Kashmir Highway.

“This highway will drastically reduce the time and resources of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) vehicular traffic and will be an environments-friendly project,” he said. The CDA chairman said that the nine-kilometre-long highway would be completed in one year at a cost of Rs 580 million. The highway will have nine culverts while 12-metre-wide lanes will also be constructed along the Margalla Avenue.

Iqbal also reposed confidence in the CDA’s supervisory staff and the company constructing the highway. He however, emphasised that international standard be maintained for the completion of this mega project.

Addressing the villagers, the CDA chairman said that the authority has signed an agreement with Chinese firms for the provision of 200 million gallons of drinking water from Ghazi Barotha Canal. After completion of this project, water scarcity will end in Islamabad. He also said that to maintain uninterrupted supply of drinking water, solar pumps were also being introduced. Continue reading

Civilians can own inherited property in Cantonment

RAWALPINDI, Aug 29: Civilian residents of the city Cantonment can, at long last, look forward to owning the properties their ancestors had built on leased land in the 19th century.

On Wednesday, the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) formed a three-member committee to simplify the legal procedures that the inheritors of the properties found too fastidious to get the properties transferred in their names.

An announcement by the RCB said the move would facilitate the “regularisation of the property (standing) on Old Grant lease into commercial units” and asked the holders of the more than 3,000 of such properties to do that by December 31, 2012. It recalled that the Military Lands and Cantonments’ Old Grants lease policy provided people the opportunity to establish legal ownership of their property within cantonments on rational terms and conditions.

It was in 1857 that the British colonial rulers invited civilians to construct shops and residences in the Rawalpindi cantonment to provide civic services to soldiers. They were allowed to construct buildings but the ownership of the land granted to them remained with the British government.

After the creation of Pakistan, some changes were made in the lease terms, which put “the old grant properties” in the hands of the government. That created unrest among the inheritors of the properties.

In 1996, the federal government decided to convert the old grant lease into permanent lease and the Cantonment Board authorised the holders of the properties to further develop them. Most of them converted their properties in and around Saddar, The Mall, Tench Bhata, Lal Kurti and Royal Artillery Bazaar into commercial units and the Board collected millions of rupees in taxes from them.

However, only a few of lessees applied for regularisation of their old grants because of the red-tape and high fee that the board charged for that.

The committee now formed to simplify the procedure comprising RCB member and former RCCI President Rauf Chaudhry, Brigadier (Retired) Mohammad Jabbar and RCB Additional Cantonment Executive Officer Shakeel Anwar Jappa.

The committee is tasked to persuade and help the old grant lease holders to regularise their properties in accordance with the Board’s rules and regulations.

Under the new policy, the Military Land and Cantonments will charge Rs500 to Rs1,000 per square-yard for commercial and Rs250 to Rs500 per square-yard for residential plots as development charges. It will collect premiums at District Controller rates of the property if the person applied for transfer of the land in his name. However, premium for residential properties measuring less than five marla will be given special concession. Continue reading

Auction of hotel site in Johar Town on Sept 17

LAHORE, Aug 29: The Lahore Development Autority will hold an auction of a 118-kanal hotel site in Johar Town’s Finance and Trade Centre on Sept 17 at its Community Centre in New Muslim Town.

The base price for the auction of the plot has been fixed at Rs14 million per kanal, said a spokesman here on Wednesday.The LDA’s governing body has permitted other uses of the site, including setting up of an inter-city bus terminal, a D-Class bus stand for indefinite period, a super store, a shopping centre or the provision of other allied facilities.The authority has also decided to relax building by-laws for encouraging construction of high-rise buildings in this new hub of business in the provincial metropolis.

The maximum height of buildings to be constructed at the site has been increased as compared to other areas of the city.

The ground floor coverage has also been increased, and a building covering 60 per cent of the area of a plot can be constructed.

Spaces to be left open on both sides and the rear side of plots have also been reduced, said the spokesman.

DISMISED: The LDA dismissed a junior clerk after he was found involved in taking out original papers from property file No JT/AP/1599 pertaining to plot No 42-A, Block F-I, Johar Town, and processing a fabricated file under his signatures for allocation of plot No I-D-I in Johar Town to one Moazzam Mahmood.

Tariq Mahmood was also proceeded against for non-compliance with administrative orders of transfer from the Directorate of Land Development-I to Administration Directorate and for not complying with orders of the Land Development-I Director for handing over all files or record upon his transfer. Continue reading

RTMA fails to stop new buildings sans plan

RAWALPINDI – Owing to the slackness of Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA), a large number of commercial and domestic buildings have been erected without approved building plans during the last few years in the garrison city.

The newly built buildings are located in Raja Bazaar, Commercial Market, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road, Jamia Masjid Road, Banni Chowk, College Road, Moti Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar and adjoining bazaars. Some of these buildings are located in narrow streets and will be dangerous if they did not adopt building bylaws in future. Talking to this news agency, an official of RTMA said that the civic body had failed to recover building fee from those building owners who constructed commercial and residential buildings without getting approval from the RTMA.
Sources said that more than 1,000 commercial buildings and 5,000 domestic units were constructed without approval of building plans in the city in the last seven years.

It should be mentioned here that these buildings not only pose threat as the building owners did not adopt the rules and regulations issued by the civic body to avoid any untoward incidents but also inflicts loss to exchequer in the form of non-payment of building plan fee to the civic body. Continue reading

LAHORE: The MM Alam Road is being meted out a step-motherly treatment by the government, as the dilapidated road – one of the most important and precious commercial places of the city having world-renowned brands – has not been reconstructed for decades.

Frequent traffic jams, standing rainwater and chaotic parking on the MM Alam Road speak of its deplorable condition, poor drainage and apathy of the authorities concerned.

The road with high land value is one of the most expensive commercial areas in the city, which has world-renowned food points and garment and shoe stores.

The MM Alam Road has not been reconstructed since 1980, with only patchwork being carried out during the last 32 years. During this period, the traders paid millions of rupees as commercial fee to the government, but the authorities concerned did not pay heed to their problems.

Talking to Daily Times, MM Alam Road Traders Association Chairman Waqar Husain said that the road covered an area of six kilometres, which was all commercial, having shops, plazas and restaurants. The cost of land in the area is around Rs 80 million per kanal, he added.

“Last time the road was constructed in 1980. Since then the commercial fee of the area has gone up 400 percent. Besides this, the government is also getting millions of rupees in the form of sales tax and excise duty from the restaurants,” he explained.

“The irony of the fact is that despite generating huge revenue from this area, the government has done nothing to improve the condition of the road,” he added.

“The traffic mess resulting due to lack of parking area and standing rain and sewage water has become a permanent feature of the road, which ultimately hits our business,” said a shop owner of the area. Continue reading