LDA officer reinstated

LAHORE – LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema on Saturday reinstated Deputy Director (General Cadre) Muhammad Saleem with immediate effect, without prejudice to the outcome of inquiry proceedings pending against him.

Saleem has been directed to report to the Administration Directorate. Meanwhile, the LDA additional director general (headquarters) permanently relieved Assistant Director (Law) Muhammad Aslam Waseem. Continue reading

CDA ignores security concerns

ISLAMABAD, Sept 1: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has ignored issues of security concerns relating to highly sensitive defence installations and is allowing residentialactivities in the vicinity of such locations, despite clear policy that private dwellers should be discouraged around sensitive areas of the capital.

Pakistan Army troops wearing the standard sand...

Pakistan Army troops wearing the standard sand fatigue uniform lead the Joint Services Parade in 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One such glaring violation is that CDA allowed residential activity in buffer zones Zone-IV and Zone-V of the city, Dawn has learnt from reliable sources.

Zones IV and V comprises the rural areas of the city, since one main Soan River also flows into the city through Zone V.

Commenting on buffer zone or restricted human areas, according to CDA wing official, are areas which have been declared sensitive in nature, where residential or commercial activities are completely banned.

According to one source in the CDA, the authority has been blatantly violating the existing rules framed for buffer zones of Zone-IV and Zone-V.

Another senior official of the authority added: “It was duly agreed by CDA management in its communication with Joint Staff Headquarters of the Pakistan Army that no new construction will be allowed within one kilometre of sensitive locations of strategic importance.”

The official maintained: “Locals living beyond 1km of sensitive installation in buffer zones may be allowed construction for residential or for farming however, it was linked with the security clearance of Joint Headquarters Security Division and the command authority managing the security of sensitive installations.”

“There is a complete ban on sale and purchase of land for the purposes of ‘any housing society’ within a restricted area but it has been ignored and the CDA openly violated the clauses on which it has given written assurances to the Joint Staff Headquarters,” insisted the official of the authority.

“A private developer was allowed to establish a housing scheme close to one such installation,” added the official.

One board member of the authority, who had served in CDA, noted that the management of the civic agency was supposed to convey to the Joint Staff Headquarters in case of any establishment close to strategic defence installations but it has been ignoring terms of references in this regard. Continue reading

G-9 park in a shambles

ISLAMABAD, Sept 1: Park and play land in Sector G-9/4 is in a miserable condition depriving the children of recreation facilities in the area.

Most of the swings and slides in the park were lying broken leaving the children of the area with no choice but to stay at their houses. Those who even try to have a slide get injured.

Resident of the area, Dr Abdul Qayyum while talking to Dawn said in the past he would send his children in the park every day for an hour because he believed that exercise was must for every person especially for the growth of children.

But now he has stopped them from going there as he feels that the the broken swings and slides could harm them. “I have no choice but to stop my children from going there and I cannot go to F-9 Park or Play Land because they are far from my house,” he said.

“My children have stopped doing exercise due to which I can feel signs of anxiety in them and they don’t get proper sleep,” he said.

Jalil Ahmed, a retired officer said that once Capital Development Authority (CDA) was considered the best but now it is like any other civic body of the country.

“It seems CDA’s all attention is towards making money through corruption. I have recently learnt that CDA was going to sell plots worth billions of rupees through under invoicing. Officers should use their brain for the solution of problems of city rather than thinking about corruption,” he said. Continue reading