CM for expeditious work

LAHORE, Oct 30: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to accelerate MBS Project work pace, saying completion of the development work in accordance with the timeline must be ensured.

“All the departments concerned should evolve a coordinated strategy in this regard. And I will not tolerate any sort of delay in the execution of the project,” the CM warned the officials in a meeting, expressing his annoyance over slow pace of work by some of the departments concerned.

He said though city traffic police had made good arrangements on the project routes, some alternatives should be made available at the places where the people were facing problems.

He ordered initiation of a public awareness campaign regarding MBS use in advance so that the people could be saved from any inconvenience when it became operational.

The CM directed the officials concerned to develop parking areas near the MBS route. He also sought installation of escalators at the station with immediate effect, along with completion of remaining development work expeditiously. He ordered foolproof security arrangements along the entire MBS route. He directed the Parks and Horticulture Authority director general to undertake landscaping work along the MBS route. — Staff Reporter Continue reading

Illegal use of residential areas on the rise

RAWALPINDI  – The use of residential areas for commercial purposes is on the rise in the city, which is causing the government losses of millions of rupees.

Illegal paint factories, slaughterhouses and motor workshops are being commercially operated with the connivance of the authorities concerned in the residential areas, including Khayaban Sir Syed, Dhok Rata, Dhok Kala Khan and Committee Chowk. Since these commercial activities are taking place in residential areas ‘without the knowledge of authorities’, the TMA is just recovering income taxes at par with those charged to residents.

Annoyed by the stench caused by these illegal factories and other businesses, residents of the areas have protested against this illegal act.  They claimed that not even a single street in those residential areas was free from such factories and slaughterhouses.

The said that illegal motor workshops were also being run in the Dhok Elahi Bakhsh, Dhok Khabba, Sadiqabad, Cha Sultan, Muslim Town and Kuri Road areas. Continue reading

Work remains incomplete in I-14 sector even after 15 years

ISLAMABAD, Oct 29: It’s been 15 years since sector I-14 was opened but there are no signs of completion as a major road is still missing and pipes work remains pending.

In fact, the bill for the basic development work that had been slated to cost Rs865 million in 1997 now stands blown up to Rs1.5 billion.

According to documents seen by Dawn, sector I-14 was originally intended for industrial units only, but regulations were changed and the sector was turned into a residential one in the 1980s.

A CDA official on the basis of anonymity said that plots measuring between 88 and 266 sq yards were offered to those citizens who had given away their lands to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for establishment of new residential sectors elsewhere in the city. Besides the displaced people, low-income earners were also given a chance to purchase land in the sector.

The CDA official further claimed: “It’s been 15 years and a huge piece of land in both the northern and southern strips is still under possession of original settlers and illegal occupants,” he revealed.

A financial wing official added that the CDA has spent up to Rs1.5 billion on the development of the sector but it’s still incomplete.

“The authority has been unable to finish basic development work like road network, and at a few points the underground sewerage system and even water pipelines have not been laid down,” he said.

A tehsildar of the land directorate told Dawn that there is no major road linking the sector with the rest of the city.

“Sector I-14 can be easily connected with I.J. Principal Road, but that hasn’t been done,” he complained.

He added that to make matters worse a sitting opposition legislator has developed a housing society close to this sector in violation of CDA rules that had hindered the easy approach to the sector.

However, member estate Shaista Suhail when asked to comment said that their management had recently taken over the charge and was looking into the issue. Continue reading

CDA set to provide quality services

ISLAMABAD – Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Syed Tahir Shahbaz, has directed all formations of the Authority to make comprehensive and coordinated efforts for provision of quality services and collection and disposal of entrails, offal and carcasses of sacrificial animals in Islamabad during the Eidul Azha.

Different relevant formations of the authority would provide additional machinery and assistance to the Directorate of Sanitation for this mega cleanliness operation. The Chairman CDA directed the Member Administration Munir Ahmad Chaudhry and Member Planning & Design Syed Mustafain Kazmi to monitor the operation of cleanliness during Eidul Azha.

In this connection a meeting to review and finalise the arrangements made by the Sanitation Directorate of CDA for removal of offals, entrails and carcasses of sacrificial animals in the federal capital was held here at CDA Headquarters, presided over by the Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz.

Member Administration CDA Munir Ahmed Ch, Director General Civic Management and other relevant officers were also present in the meeting.

The Chairman CDA was informed that on the occasion of Eidul Azha, officials of Sanitation Directorate will work round the clock in three shifts and leaves of entire staff of sanitation have been cancelled. Each and every street of all sectors of the city would be cleaned by the workers during this occasion.

On the direction of Chairman CDA, the city has been divided into six zones for effective implementation of the action plan. Zone one include F-5, F-6, G-5, G-6, Blue Area and Bari Imam. Zone two area consist of sector E-7, F-8, F-7,G-7, G-8, Faisal Mosque where as the  Zone three have the areas of F-10, F-11,G-13 and Golra Sharif and the Zone four includes G-9, G-10 andG-11. The Zone Five areas include H-8, H-9, H-10, H-11, I-8, I-9, I-10 and I-11 whereas the Zone six include the areas of Model Town, Highway, Model village, Shahzad Town , Rawal Town , Margalla Town and Humak.

At least 29 deep ditches would be dug at easy accessible locations in entire Islamabad for proper disposal of offals.  In a meeting it was also apprised that lime powder would be sprinkled and applied to garbage trolleys and sacrificial places.

Two emergency cells would also be constituted in Fire headquarter and Sanitation Directorate G-6 office while will be open round the clock to monitor the the operation which would be equiped with 2500 staff and more than 100 vehicles would take part in this entire exercise. Continue reading

PCB eyes mega stadium in capital

ISLAMABAD: The cricket stadium to be constructed in Islamabad with a capacity of over 50,000 spectators has been named after late prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The decision to this effect was taken in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Governing Board meeting held in Abbottabad late Tuesday.

It has been learnt that the PCB has already approved the initial tenders, which include bids for leveling of the surface, construction of the boundary wall and architecture.

It will be the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan. The PCB has already taken over a piece of land measuring 35 acres in Islamabad.

The board unanimously decided to name the stadium after Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. “Now the venue will be called Benazir Bhutto Stadium.”

Besides, Rs12.5 million was approved by the board for the upgradation and development work of Abbottabad cricket stadium.

It was decided that a boundary wall would be constructed around the stadium and green slopes would be built for spectators.

The board received a presentation on the planned Pakistan Premier League. The board was proposed a roadmap and updated on the progress made thus far.

The PCB plans to hold the league n March 2013.

To ensure best security protocols for the international teams, the board unanimously approved the purchase of bullet proof buses.

The members noted that the step would help PCB provide better security to the teams visiting Pakistan.

The board endorsed the decision to use Kookaburra balls in domestic tournaments, terming it a positive step for the improvement of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Continue reading

CDA to establish machine readable birth, death registration centre

CDA to establish machine readable birth, death registration centre

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would establish a control room for provision of quality services and to enhance the level of transparency and monitoring of the efficiency of different formations of the authority, said CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a machine readable birth and death registration centre for implementation of Civil Registration and Management System (CRMS) to provide the efficient and state-of-the-art facility to the residents and the uniformity and standardisation of Birth and Death Certificates. The project has been initiated in collaboration with NADRA and Plan International (an international NGO). Speaking on the occasion, Tahir said that the new system provides a complete database of all entries through forms and computerized printing of certificates. “This is a model project of public-private partnership and would provide standardisation of document/certificate across the country as well as connectivity with NADRA’s central database. The CRMS provides validation by NADRA, resulting in easier and earlier processing of B-Forms and CNIC. This is one-window operation as documents will be received, processed and certificates will be issued under one roof.

The centre has the facility to print the certificate both in English and Urdu languages, web-based monitoring of registration of births and deaths for the designated officials. This would also establish the authenticity of the certificate and eliminate fake documents as each certificate will have a unique ID number.

The birth and death registration forms would be available on CDA website. Certificates issued can be verified from any counter/office of NADRA, across the country. The system also provides security of the document/certificate, as it is printed on security paper with security features like watermark of the photograph of the Quaid-e-Azam and with a provision of security thread and logos of NADRA and CDA on top of the paper. The CDA chairman said, “We would welcome the suggestions from the media and the residents of the city for improving the civic amenities and development of the capital city.” staff report Continue reading

CDA committed to improve civic amenities: Shahbaz

ISLAMABAD – To make it less cumbersome for the residents of the federal capital for whom getting birth and death certificates has always been a Herculean task, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Wednesday opened machine readable birth and death registration centre.

So far, the civic agency is maintaining the birth and death information manually that is in hard copy form. The move is aimed – as the Chairman CDA said – to streamline the registration and certification of birth and death and to improve quality of service delivery to the citizens.

The CDA introduced the system – in collaboration with NADRA and Plan International, a non-governmental organisation – of issuance of computerised certificates as part of civil registration and management system. Continue reading

‘KB Dam objections of political nature’

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) has remarked that the objections of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Kala Bagh Dam are of political nature which could be removed through dialogues.

The chief justice Umar Ata Bandial made the remark while hearing the petitions seeking construction of Kala Bagh Dam here on Thursday. He said that the construction of Kala Bagh Dam could turn out to be in the favour of national interest.

Bandial said that floods have become common after 2010 due to global warming, adding that there is a need to made sites for the storage of water.

The CJ said that the creation of Mangla Dam led to stop various developments. He said credit of various projects also went to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

The hearing was adjourned till October 30. Continue reading

Allotment of houses: LHC orders action against estate officer

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the federal government to take action against an estate officer for allotting government residences to private persons. The court issued the directive while disposing of a petition by Waqas Ahmad, a resident of Kasur. Fayyaz Ahmad, the petitioner’s counsel, said that estate officer Shabbir Hussain had allotted many houses in Wafaqi Colony to private persons.

He said the colony had been established for federal government’s servants but the estate officer took millions of rupees from private parties and allotted them the houses in the colony. The lawyer said that the petitioner had moved an application with the FIA for lodging a case against Shabbir Hussain Zaidi and former estate officer Shafqat Abbasi but no action was taken. He requested the court to direct the government to take stern action against Shabbir Hussain. staff report Continue reading

CDA to auction commercial, residential plots next month

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to start selling commercial and residential plots through open auctioning next month to generate money.

The decision to this effect was taken in the CDA Board meeting held here on Tuesday.

The participants of the meeting decided that the open-auctioning process of high-rise commercial plots in Blue Area and plots for marriage halls, petrol pumps at different locations and 22 plant nursery plots would be held in a transparent manner.

The meeting, chaired by CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz and attended by all board members, decided to evolve a strategy to stop non-conforming use of agricultural plots. It also took notice of illegal bus stands, kiosks and other encroachments at Faizabad.

The CDA Board noted that the activities of housing societies should be monitored strictly and they should be bound to follow the approved layout plans.

The participants of the meeting directed the CDA Administration Wing to finalise the new Human Resource Section for recruitment, upgradation and re-designation of posts.

Meanwhile, the CDA has initiated measures for a change in working culture and started awarding appreciation certificates to officers and employees declaring them ‘Rising Stars’ of the CDA.

CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz awarded certificates to officers and officials on the basis of their good performances in computerisation of the Land and Estate Management record.

During the certificate distribution ceremony held at the CDA headquarters on Tuesday, the CDA chairman said that it is time to change the entire working culture at the CDA. He said that hardworking workers and officers of the CDA would be appreciated and given certificates for outstanding performance to help inculcate a positive attitude and people-friendly approach for resolving issues promptly.

CDA Member Estate Shaista Sohail apprised the CDA chairman that the computerisation of land record, including commercial, residential and agricultural farming plots, has been initiated. She stated that progress report would be submitted to the CDA chairman on daily basis. She further apprised that the purpose of computerisation of record is to make the process of all documentation of land-related issues more transparent, convenient and time saving. This would help reduce the chances of tampering with the record and transparency would be ensured, she said.

The CDA, besides its own employees, has also sought the services of students from different universities in the process of computerisation of land record. Continue reading