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


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