Maintenance contractors await funds release from CDA

ISLAMABAD - The contractors deployed for the construction and maintenance in the federal capital under CDA’s Assignments Accounts could not get payment of the bills from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) as an Accounts Officer of the civic authority, namely Muhammad Waseem has gone for Hajj.

According to sources in the CDA, Muhammad Waseem was the only authority to sign cheques for the release of funds from assignment accounts and as he is off-station now a days, the contractors could not get their money. No other official could sign the cheques till he is authorized for it by the civic authority, the source said.

A CDA official told INP that the civic authority administration authorized another official, namely Azeem-ul-Arfeen, to sign the cheques but the process of the authorization was so complicated and time consuming that the new authority’s sign did not reach the bank and the cheques could not be issued yet.

He further said that the CDA chairman had approved the new official’s authorization and the case had been forwarded to the cabinet secretary. After that it would be sent to Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) for approval, he said, adding that the signs of the new officials would be sent to the National Bank of Pakistan and the contractors would be able to get their funds.
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Posting: Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD – The Auditor General of Pakistan has issued orders for posting and transfer of an officer of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service, Manzar Hafeez Mian Deputy Auditor General (Defence Audit) and posted him as Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues, Islamabad.

Meanwhile Mrs. Farah Ayub Tarin will  report to AGP office, Jawaid Jehangir is repatriated from CDA who will take charge as a Deputy Auditor General (Defence Audit) in AGP office.

Shahzad Hassan Additional AGPR is posted as Director in CGA office while Bilal Ahmed has been posted as Additional AGPR, Islamabad and Asmatullah Shah Additional AGPR Peshawar has been posted as Director (HRM) in AGP Office. Continue reading

CDA decides to auction G-13 toll plaza

Islamabad—Capital Development Authority has decided to auction the toll plaza functioning on Kashmir Highway while residents of G-13 have demanded for shifting the plaza.

Sources said dwellers of Sector G-13 are of the view that the toll plaza must be shifted to a new site because they have to pay toll tax several times passing from there.

CDA has not attended to the demand of the residents of the sector to which they have protested.

They have stated that if the issue is not resolved, they will take the case to the court.—Online

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Citizens demand timely completion of Margalla Avenue project

Islamabad—Residents of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have demanded of Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Syed Tahir Shahbaz to complete the construction of the Margalla Avenue according to the schedule.

According to sources, the CDA could not still resolve the problem of occupation of land for the construction of Margalla Avenue from Sector B-17 to Sector D-12 on GT Road. Only six kilometers of total 11 kilometers land could be occupied, where the construction work is underway, the sources said.

The road has a great importance for the residents of Attock, Hazara and surrounding areas coming to the twin cities as it is a by-pass road for them. It is relevant to mention here that the construction work on the project was started in June 2012 and according to the contract the road is to be completed in one year. But the work is delayed pertaining to the CDA’s failure to get occupation of the land for the road construction from the land grabbers. The residents demanded of the CDA chairman to complete the project within one year as announced in the schedule to ensure convenience for the commuters.—INP Continue reading

The ‘useless’ Liberty Parking Plaza that cost us millions

LAHORE - The policy-makers have finally conceded on Tuesday that the expensive Liberty Parking Plaza is an ‘unsuccessful’ project, Pakistan Today has learned.
The parking plaza which opened to the general public two years ago was a part of part of the Lahore Development Authority’s (LDA) Urban Planning Vision 2015 initiative and the first of its kind nine-storey parking facility, opened to the public on November 30, 2010. The authorities concerned categorically said all sorts of vehicular parking at roadsides and at the side streets in the area would be banned, and the region would be earmarked only to be used by pedestrians.

The then acting TEPA Chief Engineer Israr Saeed had told reporters that the construction of plaza was a part of the LDA’s mega plan to create a Central Business District (CBD) in the city, which would comprise Jail Road, Main Boulevard Gulberg, MM Alam Road, part of Hali Road and the Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan. He said that the project would also help create investment, business and employment opportunities.
The parking plaza was opened up in the face of sheer criticism from traders which maintained that it would affect their businesses being far away from the main liberty market. Others near the plaza feared a decline in the number of customers because the customers would not prefer to park and walk over to the shops. Continue reading

LDA reshufflings

LAHORE

ON the directions of DG Lahore Development Authority Ahad Khan Cheema, the services of Shama Ali, Senior Subject Specialist, School Education Department, presently on deputation in Lahore Development Authority, have been repatriated to her parent department.

Agha Rehan Gull (Assistant Professor of English/BS-18) has been posted as Deputy Director, Education, LDA, vice Shama Ali.

Meanwhile, the suspension period of two Assistant Directors of the Town Planning Wing has been extended for further 90 days.

These officers are Muhammad Iftikhar and Muhammad Nafees.

The Additional Director General (HQ) also placed the services of Jaffar Hussain Nadeem, Assistant Director Engineering (Awaiting Posting), LDA, at the disposal of Chief Engineer U.D Wing, LDA. Continue reading

Building Control Authority: Not many takers for Punjab govt’s divisional setup,

LAHORE, Oct 9: The Punjab government is all set to establish the divisional building control authority despite serious reservations by various quarters who relate it to the policy of pressing Islamabad to devolve its authority and at the same time pick up functions of the local government.

“The cabinet has approved the draft bill relating to the authority and it will surely be tabled in the Punjab Assembly in its next session for passage,” a source said on Tuesday.

Historically, building control is a local function but as per the plans it is being withdrawn and placed under the authority which will hold it through divisional commissioners, having district and tehsil level branches. The commissioners will report to the provincial government.

Those who find faults with the plan say this is a violation of Article 140-A of the Constitution which provides for devolution of provincial authority to the local governments. To the contrary a local function is being picked by the provincial government in this case.

They say town planning, which is a bigger function, will remain with the local governments. And the shifting of a lesser function of building control to the provincial government will definitely raise questions, they say. Continue reading