Shahbaz pays surprise visit to metro bus project

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to the metro bus project on Sunday and reviewed the construction work.

He visited the project from Niazi Chowk to Ferozepur Road.

He mingled with the labourers in front of the Mayo College and encouraged them for continuing work on Sunday despite being a holiday.

He directed the concerned officers to complete the great project at the earliest and further accelerate the pace of construction work. Continue reading

Affectees of Bhaikha Syedan compensated after 27 year

Islamabad—After 27 long years, the affectees of the village Bhaikha Syedan of the capital received compensation from the Capital Development Authority, courtesy Chairperson Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Capital Administration and Development Division Senator Mrs. Kalsoom Parveen and personal interest of the current Chairmanof the Authority Mr. Tahir Shahbaz.Lands of inhabitants of Bhaikha Syedan were acquired by the Capital Development Authority way back in 1969 and awards for the built up property were announced in 1980, 1982 and 1985. Compensation for the property was made but the CDA failed to fulfil its commitments with regard to compensation for the build up property against which the affected people were to be given plots in different sectors of the Federal Capital.

The affected people have been raising the issue both with the CDA and different governmental authorities but their efforts did not yield any result.  Continue reading

Illegal cutting of trees, plants from Islamabad green belts on the rise

ISLAMABAD - Plants and trees on green belts of roads of the federal capital are being stolen, while the CDA has failed to take any effective measure in this regard.

According to sources, some elements root out small plants and cut branches of the trees in night time daily and take them to Saidpur animal market to sell on pickups. The CDA officials are reluctant to take action against the persons for reasons best known to them.

The sources revealed that the plants, planted with the cost of millions of rupees in many years, are sold in a few thousand rupees. Therefore, the thieves were not only ruining the beauty of the federal capital but also causing millions of rupees loss to the authority.

The officials on night-duties disappear from their duties with the sunset and the thieves find no hurdle in cutting the trees and plants.

When contacted, some CDA officials said that they did not have enough vehicles and weapons to conduct proper patrolling at nights and the thieves were taking advantage of the situation.
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Sector E12 allottees seek contempt action against CDA

ISLAMABAD: The people who had been allotted plots in the sector E12 of the federal capital have appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the Capital Development Authority (CDA) officers for not complying with the court’s two-year-old decision regarding the development of the sector.

Despite the orders of the Supreme Court to develop the sector, the CDA has yet to make any progress in this regard. Sector E12’s residential unit was launched in 1970s to provide around 5,000 housing units to citizens. Land acquisition began soon and sale of plots was announced in 1984.

In January 2010, Nayyar Manzoor, a senior citizen, wrote an application to the CJP for the development of the sector. The chief justice took notice and in September 2010 the court ordered the CDA to submit a progress report about sector E12 to the court. The deputy director (rehabilitation) on behalf of the CDA assured the apex court that CDA would start paying compensation to the affected landowners within a month’s time (November 2010) after completion of a few formalities.  Continue reading