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

CDA starts computerisation of estate records

ISLAMABAD  – The Estate Management Department of Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started computerization of the records of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural plots of the federal capital.

According to sources, Member Estate Management, Shaista Suhail is supervising the campaign, while progress report of the campaign is sent to the chairman CDA daily.

The member Estate Management told INP that the computerization of the record of I-15 plots has been completed. She said that aim of the campaign was make the department corruption free, as now the tempering of the data would be impossible. Moreover, common men would have easy access to the record and the recoveries would be mush easier, she said. Continue reading

CDA gets serious about implementing bylaws

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23: The board of directors of Capital Development Authority (CDA) in its meeting on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to its building control section to regulate housing societies and make sure that they implement bylaws.

Proposed flag of Islamabad Capital Territory, ...

Proposed flag of Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan (ref: http://www.allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/pk-isl.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The decision has been taken in line with the Supreme Court decision in which it had ordered cancellation of a lease between the CDA and a private party for the construction of a mini golf park at Jubilee Park F-7 (close to Kohsar Police Station in Jinnah Super).

“The CDA board has directed its building control section to ask housing societies to submit their building plans and ensure that no land of public parks, graveyards or any other amenity plot is used for any commercial purpose,” an official quoted the CDA chairman, Syed Tahir Shahbaz, as saying. Continue reading