LDA officers transferred

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Additional Director General (HQ) Mariam Kayani has ordered transfer of three officers.

Asad Ullah Cheema, Assistant Director (General Cadre) currently working in the Directorate of C&I, has been transferred and posted as Estate Officer in the Directorate  of Estate Management-I.

Khalique-ur-Rehman, Assistant Director (General Cadre) currently working as Estate Officer in the Directorate of Estate Management-II, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Director (C&I) in the Directorate of C&I, vice Asad Ullah Cheema.

Hammad Saleem, Assistant Director (General Cadre), currently awaiting posting, has been posted as Estate Officer in the Directorate of Estate Management-II, vice khalique-ur-Rehman. Continue reading

1,486 residential units being used as guesthouses

ISLAMABAD  – Expensive residential houses in posh sectors of the capital are being used for trade purposes and guesthouses. According to details 1486 residential building and well furnished constructed building have been changed into guesthouses and they are being used for immoral activities. Scores of guesthouses are situated in F-6, F-7, F-8, F-10, F-11, G-6, G-8, G-9, G-10, G-11, I-8, I-9.

, and I-10 and have become breeding grounds of immoral activities.

According to police source in the jurisdiction of three police station at least 800 hundred guesthouses are working and police are well aware of each activity held in these guesthouses. They raid only those guesthouses that are newly establish and after that they never look back.

According to sources, CDA Building Control Cell is responsible for this illegal business, as its inspectors know each area well and they are well aware of houses, which are being used for business activities, but they keep a blind eye with the liaison of the business owners. Continue reading

CDA chief calls for steps to facilitate taxpayers

ISLAMABAD – Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced five per cent rebate on payment of the property tax and other allied charges before September 30, 2012.

The offices of the Revenue Directorate of CDA would remain open on Saturday and Sunday, despite holidays, to facilitate the taxpayers, on the direction of the Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal. Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhan Iqbal while presiding over meeting regarding tax recovery directed the formation of the authority to expedite the tax recovery including the property tax and other allied charges before the fix date.

He said that CDA was committed to serving the residents of the Capital city and they must be facilitated by making special arrangements at the recovery desks of the Authority. He directed the Revenue Directorate to issue the duplicate bills to the taxpayers in case of non-receipts of the original bills.

He was apprised that arrangements had already been finalised in a bid to facilitate the taxpayers on the official holidays falling on September 29th and 30th 2012. CDA has requested the taxpayers for timely payment of the property tax and other arrears to avoid the monthly surcharge at the rate of 1.5 percent.

Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal said after recovery of taxes, CDA would be in position to bring improvement and quality in provision of basic civic facilities in the Federal Capital.

Meanwhile, in the backdrop of directions recently given by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) regarding non-adjustment of advance payment made by CDA for shifting of utility lines, a meeting held here at CDA headquarters. The meeting was attended by the representatives of IESCO, SNGPL, PTCL and NTC with CDA Chairman in the chair. In the meeting Member Finance presented the details of project and deposited amounts. Chairman while addressing the meeting informed that due to non-provision of expenditures statements of respective departments has resulted in this Audit para, which now need settlement. Continue reading

Guesthouse on footpath

Islamabad: The residents of Sector F8/1 have objected to what they say is illegal construction of a guesthouse that occupies part of the service road in front of the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) office. The residents said that the owner of the guesthouse has constructed parking sheds over the footpath in connivance with the CDA officials.

The service road is already half-blocked by the ITP office and now the remaining half has been blocked by this guesthouse at the expense of the pedestrians and motorists,” the residents claimed. “We were amazed how this illegal encroachment can happen under the very nose of CDA,” a local said. The residents have called upon the authorities to take notice of the encroachment and asked the owner of the guesthouse to dismantle the parking sheds on public property. The government has allowed a couple of private schools on the same service road, which also cause heavy traffic jams during duty hours. staff report Continue reading