Neglected Lehtrar-Burj Road in a shambles

RAWALPIDNI – The 12 kilometres long Lehtrar-Burj Road is in a very deplorable state due to the negligence of legislators of ruling party in the province.

The poor condition of the road, that located in the constituency of PML-N MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has irked the villagers who have complained about the immense hardships they have to got through on account of the bad condition of the road. The road that links main Lehtrar Road with several villages including Phangal, Kamkot Haider, Biaga, Sangroian, Kanwas, Dhoongian and Burj population has broken completely and even big holes could be seen which pose not only a serious threat to the vehicles but also to the lives of commuters. Since long it has not been renovated by the authorities concerned.

According to a survey conducted by this scribe on Wednesday, the road from Lahtrar Morr to Burj presented an ugly look as it has been deteriorated and turned into pieces. On many places, there was land sliding thus posing danger for the villagers living in deep ravines along with the road.

Expressing their deep concerns while talking to this scribe, the villagers said that the pathetic condition of the road has brought about endless miseries to them.

While alleging negligence on part of the concerned authorities in repairing the road, the residents alleged that the said road has not been not repaired for last many years.

“The condition of the entire road especially near Kamkot Haider and Sangroian is very bad and several vehicles have met with the accidents,” said Akhter Kiyani, a resident of Sangroian village.

He said that because of land sliding the drivers cannot spot the big holes in the roads and as a result they damage their vehicles or some time their vehicles turn turtle in deep ravines.

Waqas Ahmed, another villager, said that road has been broken and requires carpeting.

A taxi driver informed that there was land sliding near Kamkot Haider and said the concerned authorities were not interested in the rehabilitation of the road which was being used by thousands of people.

He also pointed out that the portion of road from Lehtrar Morr to Doongian needed urgent repairing. He urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter and repair the road helping the road users for a safe journey.

Similarly, the transporters on Lehtrar-Burj Road complained that road has been broken and causing immense loss to their newly bought vehicles. Khan Nawab, a driver, said that ditches and cracks on the road were hampering the smooth traffic flow. The condition of the road was very poor as the fractured road was causing road accidents at large scale. Continue reading

Construction of G-13 flats to start in 15 days

ISLAMABAD – Decision has been taken to initiate construction work on 2,896 flats project in sector G-13 within 15 days.

The approval for starting the work was accorded in a meeting of joint venture company of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and M/S Progressive Motels co-chaired by chairman of the company and DG Foundation.

The meeting also approved report evolved by Justice (Retd) Amir Alam Khan which was accepted by the parties concerned.

As per report officers and employees of federal government will get concession of 8.3 percent in the cost of the flats. 75 percent quota of flats will go the federal government employees while 25 percent will be allocated to general public.

This project basing in G-13/1 and 4 will be completed within 4 years. Continue reading

LDA to recover demolition charges of Rs90m from 13 plaza owners

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority on Wednesday has started action for recovering expenditure worth more than Rs90 million of 13 high-rise buildings in the city in 2010, during LDA’s operation against illegally constructed buildings.

According to spokesperson of the department, notices in this regard have been served to the owners other than the sealing operation of these buildings.

He said that LDA has to recover an amount of Rs6.4 million from Inam Impex, situated at 83 Garden Block, Garden Town, along Ferozepur Road, for demolishing its three illegally constructed upper floors.

Demolition of two tops stories of Rabi Center, situated on Main Boulevard Gulberg, was carried out by LDA at a cost Rs17.7 million. Complete knocking down of five-storey Al-Rahman Medical Complex, built illegally in a plot of Katchi Abadi at Naseer Ababd on Ferozepur Road was done at a cost of Rs20 million.

Five illegally constructed floors of 11-storey Ahad Tower, near Kalma Chowk, were also demolished during the operation costing Rs23.8 million to LDA. Pulling down of illegally constructed top floor of Big City Plaza, near Liberty Round About, cost Rs13 million. Demolition of two top floors of Jeff Heights near Hafiz Centre was done by the owner of the building himself. However, cost of the partial work done by LDA at this place was Rs0.55 million.

Flattening of three-storey Tariq Complex at Model Town Link Road was done at a cost of Rs3.6 million. Demolition of fourth and fifth floors of Bridal Centre along this road was executed at a cost of Rs2.5 million where as plaza adjacent to Telenor building was demolished at a cost of Rs1.1 million.

Complete demolition of four-storey plaza situated on plot No 2-G in PIA Society was completed at a cost of Rs1.6 million where as total flattening of three-storey plaza on plot No 8-G in the same locality was done at a cost of Rs3.0 million. Partial demolition of Plaza constructed on Plots No 9 and 10-G in this area was finished at a cost of Rs5.7 million. LDA has to recover Rs0.325 million from Siddique Trade Centre for removing violations of building bye-laws in this plaza.

Meanwhile, Lahore Development Authority Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has entrusted the additional charge of the post of Director EME, LDA, to Mudassir Tanvir Sheikh, Director (HQ). Engineering Wing, LDA, during the Hajj leave of Abdur Razzaq. Continue reading

42 affectees of Bega Syedan allotted plots in Sector I-10

Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday allotted plots to 42 affected people of Bega Syedan thus settling over two decades old dispute with them but doubts still persist about the balloting process.

However, immediately after issuance of allotment letters to the affected people, the CDA member estate imposed a ban on transfer of plots for six months.

The CDA sources said the ban on transfer of plots had been imposed as the allotment had been made on the basis of balloting, which was conducted over five years back. Then the balloting process was considered to be manoeuvred by the CDA officials. “We have issued the allotment letters but the ban on transfer of plots will continue till all doubts about balloting are cleared,” a CDA official told ‘The News’.

The official said that the allotment of plots might be cancelled if any wrongdoing is found in the old balloting process.

The official said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and FIA had already cleared all cases in which allotments had been made. Continue reading

Road expansion project Marrir railway bridge to be dismantled today

RAWALPINDI, Nov 7: Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Pakistan Railways on Wednesday removed main hurdle to initiating Rs429 million Marrir Chowk Road Expansion Project after the former convinced the latter to demolish the railway bridge on Thursday night.

RDA wanted to start the project on November 2 but Pakistan Railways refused to approve the design of the bridge to be constructed in place of the old one.

Upon this, he RDA Director General Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad contacted Pakistan Railways Chairman Arif Azeem who assigned Railways Divisional Superintendent Syed Munawar Shah to solve the issue.

On Wednesday, both, Divisional Superintendent Syed Munawar Shah and RDA Director General Chaudhry Naseer Ahmed, held meeting and decided to initiate the project on Thursday night and deferred design approval by Railways’ engineering department till November 15.

“The construction work will be started but the RDA will make some changes in the design after approval of Railways’ engineering department. This, however, will increase the cost of the project,” said an official of the RDA on condition of anonymity.

Under the project, the dual road would be widened by 30 feet each. The work will be carried out by the National Logistic Cell (NLC) and the project would be supervised by the Rawalpindi Development Authority.

It will be first major development project by the provincial government in NA-55, which asked the RDA and NLC to complete the project before March 2013.

“The railway has laid alternative track from Chaklala Railway Station to to connect Rawalpindi Railway station with main lines.

The bridge will be dismantled by the joint team of RDA and railway,” said Syed Munawar Shah while talking to Dawn.

Source: http://dawn.com/2012/11/08/road-expansion-project-marrir-railway-bridge-to-be-dismantled-today/

Land merger with Bahria Town: LHC to hear case on daily basis

RAWALPINDI, Nov 7: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday decided to hear the case of illegal merger of 2,880 kanals of private housing scheme with Bahria Town on a day-to-day basis.

The LHC bench comprising Justice Shahid Saeed on June 21, 2012 had declared the merger of Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Society (RECHS) with Bahria Town as illegal and directed the “Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to investigate the matter”.

The ACE inquiry, however, was stayed by the LHC division bench on July 11 after Bahria Town filed an appeal against the orders and requested the court to grant it time for compensating the affected persons of the housing society.

According to the court record, the merger was approved by the former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi despite opposition by the then Punjab minister for cooperative Malik Mohammad Anwar.

Malik Anwar had on December 2004 rejected the proposal of Malik Riaz, the owner of Bahria Town, for the said merger and observed that “such an action would set a wrong precedent”.

In the proposal Malik Riaz had offered the development of RECHS after merger of the society with Bahria Town but later sold 2,880 kanals of RECHS land to Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

The aggrieved RECHS members challenged the merger in the LHC.

In their petition they informed the court that instead of developing the plots Bahria Town sold the land to DHA and gave no compensation or alternative land to them.

They argued that the merger was illegal as the ad hoc administrator of RECHS, Col (retired) Abdullah Siddique, who signed the merger deed, was appointed for 90 days and was not the competent person to take the decision.

A number of aggrieved members of RECHS appeared before the LHC division bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Malik Shehzad Ahmed Khan on Wednesday and informed the court that the matter had been delayed for last several weeks as Bahria Town sought adjournment at every date of hearing.

Qaiser Qadeer Qureshi, legal adviser of Bahria Town, told the court that the management of Bahria Town has evolved a plan to compensate the aggrieved members of RECHS.

He said the management had also offered alternative plots at phase-IX of Bahria Town or in DHA phase-I to the members.
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