Illegal kiosks: CDA given two weeks to submit report

ISLAMABAD: 

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) was directed to submit a report on the illegal kiosks on various greenbelts in Islamabad. The Islamabad High Court gave the authority two weeks to respond.

Justice Noor Haq Qureshi, while hearing the petition filed by Vice Admiral (retd) Ahmad Tasnim, for removal of illegally set-up kiosks, issued the directives.

Barrister Jehangir Khan Jadoon, counsel of the petitioner, argued that it was the CDA’s primary responsibility to remove illegal kiosks established in greenbelts.

He argued that the CDA spent millions of rupees on greenbelts, which were encroached upon by traders. He also requested the court to direct the CDA to clean up public parks and greenbelts.

After the preliminary hearing, the court adjourned the case for two weeks till November.

Masih’s restraining order extended

In a separate development, Justice Azim Khan Afridi of the IHC extended the restraining order against the trial of Rimsha Masih in a trial court until November 17.

Rimsha’s lawyer had filed a petition with the IHC seeking the quashment of the FIR against her. The FIR had been registered on the complaint of Malik Hammad.

But during the course of hearing on Wednesday, a new counsel, Chaudhry Abdul Aziz, representing Hammad appeared before the court and requested for more time to prepare the case. The court accepted his request and extended a previous restraining order to November 17.

On September 25, IHC Chief Justice had issued notices to Ramna Police Station Station House Officer, the investigation officer and Hammad in response Rimsha’s petition that had alleged that the FIR registered against her was based on mala fide intentions. Continue reading

CDA orders for staffers degrees verification

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to get the degrees of all of its employees verified from the departments concerned as the new chief Syed Tahir Shahbaz has ordered formulation of new HR policy within fortnight. “A committee headed by Member Administration has been assigned task to formulate new Human Resource policy suggesting options for criteria of recruitment as well as transfer,” a senior CDA official told this agency.

He said as the number of CDA employees has increased manifold but the authority lacked any training system for them, so the policy would also suggest training mechanism for the CDA staffers whose work involves massive public dealing.

He said with increase in number of employees, the workload as well as the financial liability has also been increased but the output was not up to the satisfaction.

He said the CDA chairman has put a ban on new recruitment until the new HR policy is finalised, adding the committee has been tasked to table the policy draft before the CDA Board within two weeks.

The policy would also suggest criteria for postings of CDA officers on rotation basis to ensure smooth working of the CDA.

The officer said among the criterion being mulled for fresh appointments also includes recruitment through Federal Public Service Commission; however, the CDA Board would take final decision in this regard.

The officer said earlier, taking action on some complaints, the FIA had asked the CDA for degrees verification of employees; but the process was slow that would now be accelerated for early completion.

He said the degrees verification was inevitable as in the past; people had been getting jobs in the CDA just furnishing the photocopies of their educational credentials that ultimately undermined the CDA functioning.

Meanwhile,  Pakistan Science Foundation is starting a weekly programme in the universities and other institutions.

Talking to this agency, Spokesperson PSF, Rehana Batool said interviews of different scientists, scientific documentaries and news would be broadcasted in this programme.

The main objective is to give people awareness regarding scientific development in the country, she said.

Rehana Batool said the PSF was working for the establishment of science centres, museums, promotion of scientific societies, organisation of periodical science conferences, exchange of visits of scientists with other countries, prizes and fellowships to individuals engaged in developing processes of consequence to the economy of the country. Continue reading

IHC seeks detailed allotment report from CDA

Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Wednesday issued notices to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) seeking detailed report regarding the allotments of makeshift stalls on the greenbelts of Islamabad.

Nominating the CDA chairman and its member environment, the petitioner Vice Admiral (r) Ahmad Tasnim has adopted before the court that due to the negligence of the civic body of Islamabad, there has been a mushroom growth of the makeshift stall vendors at the public places of city that has not only been creating hindrance in the public passage but it is also encroaching on the greenbelts.

Petitioner told the court that Islamabad being capital of the country has been the hub of diplomatic community from all around the world.

Such encroachments not only creating a bad image of the country but it is also creating unhygienic conditions for the residents those go for walks to the public parks or greenbelts.

He has prayed to the court to order remove the stalls from the public parks and greenbelts.

The court while issuing the above said order directed CDA to submit report within 15 days time. Continue reading

LDA demolishes three constructions

THE Staff of the Town Planning Wing of the Lahore Development Authority demolished three constructions that had been built in contravention of the building by-laws in Johar Town and Allama Iqbal Town on Wednesday.

The Lahore Development Authority staff demolished a boundary wall that had been constructed on plot No 1-A at block F-2 without getting the building plan sanctioned by the LDA.

The structure constructed by covering the excess area of the adjacent plot by the owners of plot No 422-J was also demolished. Illegally extended portion of Bajwa Clinic, situated on the plot No 356 of Kashmir Block, Allama Iqbal Town, on the neighboring plot was also razed, as neither the adjoining plot No 357 had been got commercialised nor had the building plan been got approved for by the LDA.

National Voters Day observed: The National Voters Day was observed on Wednesday in all three offices and six schools being run by the Lahore Development Authority.

Informative pamphlets for creating the awareness about the importance of casting vote were distributed among the LDA employees as well as general public. The LDA has also uploaded the relevant information on its website www.lda.gop.pk. Streamers and banners were displayed for highlighting the significance of taking part in the electoral process. Awareness walks were also held in three LDA Model Boys High Schools situated in Johar Town, Allama Iqbal Town and Sabazar. Continue reading

Encroachments on Lehtar Road pose security threats

ISLAMABAD  – Encroachments on Lehtar Road have been declared a security threat by the security agencies, but the authorities concerned have failed in removing the encroachments neat Khanna Pull.

In this connection, SHO, Shahzad Town Police Station, Inspector Faiz Ranjha informed that monthly Rs1.5 extortion money was being collected from the area. “We have written to the anti-encroachment department of the CDA many times but am effective solution could not be cared out yet.”

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Amir Ali said that ending encroachments from the road near Khanna Pull was the responsibility of the CDA, adding, when they would ask the district government for help, its ACs and magistrates would fulfil their duties. It is pertinent to mention here that smooth flow of vehicular traffic is also hindered due to the abundance of kiosks, handcarts and small vendors, besides creating problems for the pedestrians.
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Affectees’ forcefully halt development work in G-14

ISLAMABAD  – So-called ‘affectees’ of Sector G-14 have forcefully halted the development work in the sector, spreading anxiety among the allottees. Process of award to the affectees of the sector is delayed as Islamabad High Court (IHC) was investigating a case of fake houses in the sector by some land mafia persons to allegedly mint money as compensation money. The affectees were creating hurdles in the development work to pressurise the foundation to get the money.

According to sources, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation gave contract to National Construction Company for the development work of Sector G-14/2 and 3. The construction company shifted the machinery to the sites, but the foundation did not establish a police post or deployed Rangers in the area, despite its promise to provide security to the company.

In this regard, an employee of the construction company said that providing security to them was the responsibility of the housing foundation.

While, the foundation officials said that they had written to the deputy commissioner to deploy Rangers or police in the area for security and now the responsibility rested with the district government.

It is relevant to mention here that the commission of the IHC comprising Chaudhry Mazhar Minhas has started inquiry into the complaints of presence of fake houses in G-14/2 and 3 to get compensation money and recording the statement of the concerned persons on daily basis. He visited the site and retrieved the relevant data from google. The inquiry report would be submitted in the IHC till October 31 on which the court will decide the award of the compensation money.

Allottees of the sector appealed to the chief commissioner to take strict action against the persons involved in the development work. Continue reading