CDA upgrades website to make it more people-friendly

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday decided to upgrade its website to make it more people-friendly. All the relevant information, including the CDA Board decisions, relevant rules, procedures and bylaws would be posted on the website to facilitate the public and boost the authority’s efforts for enhancing the level of transparency.

CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz, while presiding over a meeting and presentation on the new version of the website, said, “Our foremost priority is to facilitate the public, residents of Islamabad and people interacting with the authority.

All-out measures will be taken to this respect, including improvement in public information delivery system.”

Tahir was apprised that the upgraded website would provide the facility to the residents and consumers to see bills for the water charges and property tax on the website and get the prints of these bills without any hassle of going to the relevant CDA offices. He directed the authority’s Information Technology Director to get the input of all the board members in a week for further improving the website and public information delivery system.

He said that all the public notices, news, releases and the announcement relating to the public should be posted on the CDA website.

He said that the detail procedures about plot transfer, building plans, layout plans, fire safety and prevention regulations, building codes and other information relating to the public should be provided for information and reference.

The CDA chairman said that the feedback of the public is mandatory to involve them in the decision making process and in the development of the city.
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Two LDA employees suspended

LAHORE, Oct 31: LDA Director Administration Khalid Pervaiz on Wednesday suspended from service accounts clerk Jameel Pirzada and junior clerk Arif Raza.

The order of their suspension was issued to facilitate the anti-corruption department which has launched a probe against them on charges of corruption.

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Zardari wants expressway to Zulfikarabad built

KARACHI, Oct 31: President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Sindh government to use its own resources to construct the Dhandari bridge over the Indus river and finish the 45-kilometre-long expressway connecting Zulfikarabad with the rest of the province.

The president issued this directive on Wednesday when he was briefed at the Governor’s House about the hurdles in the project’s take-off owing to the fading interest of Chinese firms, sources close to the project told Dawn.

The president was briefed by the managing director of the Zulfikarabad Development Authority (ZDA), retired Lieutenant General Iftikhar Hussain Shah, about the problems causing delays in the project, which had received a lot of criticism not only by opposition parties but also by members of Pakistan People’s Party, when it was announced.

The sources said that after the briefing, the president asked the Sindh government to expedite work on preparing feasibility reports about laying down the road network and the construction of the Dhandari bridge with its own resources.

The sources said that the Zulfikarbad project, costing Rs3.7 billion, appeared to be in doldrums when initial work on the construction of the expressway and the Dhandari bridge, by the Chinese firms involved in the project, failed to make headway.

According to the initial programme, the 45-kilometre-long expressway was supposed to be completed within 30 months by a Chinese firm while another Chinese company had to develop a special economic zone in Zulfikarabad city. However, for the past three months, the firms had stopped responding to the ZDA. Continue reading

Ownership rights promised to Gawala Colony residents

LAHORE – District Coordination Officer Noor Ul Amin Mengal said on Wednesday that the work on providing ownership rights to the residents of Gawala Colony had almost been completed and the summary would be sent to Punjab chief minister for approval in a few days.

The DCO also directed the Wahga Town and Gawala Colony administrators to submit a report on the open plots. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting regarding ownership rights of Gawala Colony at Nadar Hall.

MPA Zaeem Hussain Qadri, ADC (G) Mussrat Jabeen, ADC (R) Nadir Chatha, Wahga Town Administrator Syed Asif Hussain Shah, Gawala Colony Administrator Imran Ahmad and other officers also attended the meeting.
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Building Control Authority Punjab cabinet ‘approves’ bill despite flaws

LAHORE, Oct 31: The Punjab cabinet which has not met for the past many months has reportedly approved the divisional Building Control Authority bill which is aimed at shifting the responsibility from local councils to the provincial government.

The bill was circulated to cabinet members as there was no plan to hold its meeting despite a huge pending agenda. Now it is ready for sending to the Punjab Assembly but there are no indications of its session in near future.

Sources said on Wednesday that the government was pushing ahead the bill despite major flaws in the scheme of shifting the building control function from local councils to the provincial government.

They say that those opposing the scheme are of the view that the building control is a major function of local councils. It is a revenue generating function which will go to the provincial government, leaving behind the expenditure-related duty of town planning, master planning, zoning and development with local councils.

Losing a major source of income will make it difficult for the local councils to perform their duties which require funds, they say.

They say the divisional authority will function through divisional commissioners, making it difficult for people to get their complaints redressed at the local level.

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Private firm to take over Pindi’s sanitation services

RAWALPINDI, Oct 31: The Punjab government is going to abolish the Pindi sanitation department next year and involve a private company to collect garbage and sweep roads and streets.

The provincial government has in this regard invited international bidders. The City District Government Rawalpindi will pay to the private company for the services it will provide.

However, the amount the CDGR will pay to the private company will be collected from the residents.

Initially, the new project will be launched in 46 union councils of the Rawal Town which will be extended to seven tehsils of the district including Murree.

On the directives of the provincial government, the CDGR has hired the services of Solid Waste Management Company of Lahore for consultancy to hire the company for its solid waste management.

“The CDGR will collect fee from the residents and pay it to the private company,” a senior CDGR official on condition of anonymity told Dawn.

He said that the CDGR wanted to save  Rs481 million of the sanitation department. He said that the main focus of the CDGR was to privatise the department at Rawal Town.

Interestingly, he said the CDGR had already failed to provide sanitation facilities to the Potohar Towns urban union councils along Benazir Bhutto International Airport and two union councils adjacent to Chaklala Scheme-III. The other six tehsils including Gujar Khan, Taxila, Murree, Kotli Sattian and Kahuta were also ignored by the city government.

According to the rules of local government ordinance 2002, the city district government is responsible for providing sanitation facilities to the residents. However, the CDGR has failed to expand the sanitation department for all seven tehsils and worked only in Rawal Town.

When contacted, District Coordination Officer (DCO) told Dawn that the provincial government wanted to make the cities neat and clean and in this regard it had invited international companies to take over the sanitation department.
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