Work underway on Mareer extra lane project

Rawalpindi—Work for the test piles for the Mareer Chowk extra lane project would start in the current week.

Commissioner Rawal-pindi Division, Imdad Ullah Bosal was informed in this regard by DG Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Chaudhry Naseer Ahmed the other day. The commissioner was on a visit to Mareer Chowk where the MD RDA briefed him about the project.

Naseer said that meeting would be held in this week to award the project and the Railways, WAPDA, PTCL etc. had been paid to transfer the utility services.  Continue reading

RCCI urges construction of parking plaza for China Market

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RAWALPINDI: Traders of China Market have been facing immense problems owing to encroachments and non-availability of parking place in the market.

Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Manzar Khurshid Sheikh said this on Tuesday while exchanging views with a delegation of traders association of the said market led by president Haroon Shah here at his office on Tuesday. It is need of the hour to construct a parking plaza for China Market at the earliest and strict action must be taken against the encroachers, he demanded. Group leader Najamul Haq Malik, former president Najam Rehan, senior vice president Pervaiz Warriach, vice president Nadeem Rauf, China Market Chairman Fahim Sadiqui and other members of the chamber were also present on the occasion.

Khurshid said that establishment of parking plaza in China Market is the foremost demand of the chamber and government is neglecting the voice of the business community. He said that due to the massive traffic jams and encroachments business community is facing financial loss as many customers reluctant to visit the market. He also demanded of the authorities concerned to start anti-encroachment drive to keep the traffic flow on. He stressed that businessmen class is the major contributor of the national economy hence the government must facilitate the business community for the betterment of the national interest. He ensured the delegation that Rawalpindi chamber will take every possible step for resolving the problems faced by the business community.  Continue reading

Illegal commercial construction

I would like to bring to attention of the concerned authorities the illegal construction of a commercial plaza in a residential area of Satellite Town. The construction of plot number B-83, B-84, B-85 Satellite Town Rawalpindi continues. It seems that either the authorities are involved in this construction personally or are supporting the person who has invested the money for this project. It has been one year since my first complaint and no action has been taken so far.

The construction of commercial buildings in residential area not only destroys the ambiance of the area but also brings all kind of people in the area, putting families and children at risk. Continue reading

Illegal occupation: For not paying rent, court puts NLC on notice


An extended stay on the bustling Rawal Road, that too without

English: One of the famous roads in Rawalpindi...

English: One of the famous roads in Rawalpindi, the Murree Road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

paying any rent, has earned the National Logistic Cell (NLC) a notice.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued notices to National Logistic Cell’s (NLC) chief and Rawalpindi commissioner to respond to an allegation of illegal occupation of land, that was used for mixing concrete during the construction of Chandni Chowk Flyover.

The court took action on a petition that was filed by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), that also owns the land.

Justice Baqir Ali Najafi of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench directed a standing counsel for federation and an assistant advocate general to get written comments from NLC and the commissioner and submit them to the court on Wednesday.

The lawyer informed the court that the commercial entity of the army was to use the 59 kanals of land near Benazir Bhutto Hospital on Rawal Road for four months from last September to January 2012 and pay Rs6.9 million as rent to the CAA. Continue reading

NHA approves several construction projects

Executive Board of the National Highway Authority (NHA) on Tuesday accorded approval to several construction projects, besides reviewing the ongoing National Highways and Motorways’ projects.

The Board meeting, which was presided over by NHA Chairman Muhammad Javaid Iqbal Awan, accorded approval for awarding work for construction of flood protection bund towards Garh Maharaja side at Sultan Bahoo Bridge across river Chenab linking Shorkot and Garh Maharaja for which Rs 150 million has been allocated for the year 2012-13.

The Board members also agreed for award of work for widening and improvement of Bosan Road Multan, Contract-2 (Package-II) construction of right turn flyover at Chungi No 6. The project will cost more than Rs 220 million. Various aspects regarding rehabilitation of Chakdara-Kalam road package-I, Fatehpur to Madyan, and Amri-Qazi Ahmad Bridge across river Indus connecting Karachi-Lahore-Peshawar National Highway (N-5) and Indus highway were also brought under discussion.

Matters relating to Hiran Minar Interchange on Lahore-Islamabad Motorway were also discussed. The cost of PC-I of this interchange is Rs 260 million. The Board also reviewed the affairs of construction supervision of Ratodero-Naudero Road and Hyderabad-Badin to Mir Wah Sanjar Chang Road. The Board was told that construction of bridge across Vadoor Nullah on Multan-DG Khan-Loralai-Qila Saifullah Highway will cost more than Rs 12 crore, 73 lac.  Continue reading

CDA Board decides to conduct energy audit

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Board has decided to conduct an energy audit of the civic body to ascertain the actual and mandatory electricity consumption and strategise measures to reduce its power bill, which is a major burden on its revenues.

The board has also approved to adopt energy conservation measures of the federal government to make Islamabad a model green city on account of energy efficiency.

CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz and Member Environment Dr. Kazim Niaz apprised the board regarding conservation and austerity measures deliberated during a meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethi and adopted by the federal government for conservation of energy and water.

In this context, the CDA has announced to reduce the number of lights to 50%, discourage social functions at night, elimination of decoration lights, regularising and rationalising the large-size billboards. It has also been directed that a comprehensive awareness campaign on water and energy conservation would be launched in addition to taking the measures to review the building bylaws to help evolve a policy, which ensure energy efficient buildings in the capital city.

The CDA chairman directed the concerned officials to implement the decision of the federal government in letter and spirit and reiterated that the civic body should be a model green city to this effect. Continue reading

CDA internal energy audit soon

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Tuesday decided to conduct an internal energy audit to ascertain the actual and mandatory electricity consumption and take measures to reduce its power bill, which is a major burden for the organisation, a senior official of the CDA said on Tuesday.

The authority, said the official, has also approved adaptation of energy conservation measures of the federal government to make the federal capital a model green city on account of energy efficiency.

“In this context, the CDA has announced to reduce the number of lights to 50 percent, discourage social functions in daytime, eliminate decoration lights, regularise and rationalise large billboards,” the official further said. Continue reading

CDA faces Rs 7.5m in loss

ISLAMABAD - Capital Development Authority (CDA) is facing a loss of Rs 7.5 million due to an unusual payment to a petrol and diesel supplier. Sources in CDA told INP that Machinery Pool Organisation (MPO), a directorate of CDA, had paid Rs 9.9 million to a contractor, Ali Auto Mobile Company, in advance for supplies of petrol and diesel to the civic authority. The supplier had stopped supply four months ago after supplying oil worth Rs 2.4 million. Sources revealed that the contractors were normally paid by CDA after the completion of assigned supplies or work, but in this case the contractor was paid in advance due to political pressure.

The firm had supplied oil worth Rs 2.4 million and halted the supplies, seizing the rest of money. The MPO directorate had sent a summary to get permission to register an FIR against the supplier and to halt all operations of the contractor as a punishment. The source said that Chairman CDA Tahir Shahbaz had been urged to hold an inquiry to investigate why the contractor was paid in advance, while the civic authority was going through a financial crunch and did not have enough money to pay utility bills or salaries to its employees. Continue reading

Islamabad to be turned into model green city

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad would be made a model city through various energy conservation measures and turned into an environmental friendly green city, to set precedence for other major cities administrations to follow suit.
A meeting was held under the Secretary Cabinet Water and Power Nargis Sethi, who considered different proposals as per directions of the President, Prime Minister and Minister for Water and Power.

The meeting decided that there would be an immediate ban on the use of decorative lights for all purposes in the city. Street lights would be regulated for minimum usage (not more than 50 percent), the use of billboards and neon signs will be regulated to ensure that electricity consumption was minimized and lights in the markets would be rationalized both inside and outside of shops. It was also decided to encourage holding social and official events during day time rather than night time, use of electric heaters in offices and residences would be discouraged and building codes would be reviewed for energy conservation for further construction.

Regarding the conservation of gas, it was decided that a minimum use of gas heaters and geysers would be encouraged. Gas geysers would be used at specific timings, gas leakages should be reported and fixed on priority and a complete ban on the use of gas generators will be enforced.
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Two five-star hotels illegally using CDA’s land

ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Khurram Jahangir Wattoo said that without permission of the Capital Development Authority, two prominent five star hotels were using land for parking-purposes. Wattoo said that CDA did not allow commercial use of green belts in the city.

The respective hotels only paid Rs 1.4 million annually to use several kanals of land owned by CDA, for parking.

Barjees Tahir of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz noted that by eliminating green belts, the natural beauty of Islamabad was being spoiled. Deputy Speaker Faisal Kareem Kundi observed that certain kiosks had been built on green belts in the city, to which Watto said that green belts in front of the hotels had been specified for parking facilities for citizens. He said that a five-star hotel was paying Rs 0.85 million annually to use the green belts.