Slow construction of Pir Wadhai flyover irks citizens

RAWALPINDI: Slow construction work on Pir Wadhai flyover has piled up woes for residents of the area.

Lease of the shops, petrol pumps and workshops operating around the flyover was terminated to ensure completion of work on a fast-track basis.
Orders were also issued for demolition of these installations but they are still functioning therein impeding the construction work of flyover.

This is an ideal project launched by the Punjab government for the convenience of the common man. It will cost Rs 14 million and is to be completed within 150 days.

But it seems the project will not be completed within stipulated period due to certain bottlenecks and irritants.

Inordinate delay in completion of work has driven residents of vicinities close to flyover to a perpetual state of anguish as they have to bear the brunt of respiratory diseases caused by dust the project site. Residents have called for early completion of construction work of flyover to allay their problems. online Continue reading

Work on DHA projects to be accelerated

KARACHI – Defence Housing Authority Administrator Brig (r) Brig Muhammad Abdullah asked the DHA City Karachi consultants and engineers to complete the ongoing projects speedily with a holistic and integrated approach.Chairing a meeting with Steering Committee at DHA’s Main Office to review the progress of the ongoing development projects in DHA City Karachi’s (DCK), Super Highway, he said that the projects of construction of watch towers and DCK Main Entrance Gate should be given priority and completed at the earliest. He asked the DCK consultants and engineers to complete the ongoing projects speedily with a holistic and integrated approach.

DCK Project Director Brig (r) Muhammad Rafique appraised the Steering Committee about the progress of ongoing projects under Immediate Action Plan at DCK site. Some of these projects include construction of Boundary Wall and Track, Watch Towers, DCK Main Entrance Gate, Staff Accommodation, DCK Visitors Centre and DCK Central Facility Building etc.Feasibility study on renewable energy project, alternate water works and environmental impact assessment (EIA) were also going on while water exploration work in the area was being completed with success.

DCK Chief Consultant, Engineer Arif Osmani informed the Steering Committee that the projects under the Short Term Development Plan (STDP) which include construction of major roads, sector development works including internal roads, water supply, sewerage, storm water drainage, electricity and gas works would start soon and completed as per the stipulated time line to make the area livable in near future.DCK Chief Consultant Prof Spiro Pollalis said that the DCK was a sustainable project which was being developed to provide a unique lifestyle to its residents. He added that an international health care city and an international university would also be established at DCK. He reiterated that DCK would be developed as a fully sustainable city with a balanced economy and integrated society. Continue reading

Illegal constructions demolished

LAHORE: Lahore Development Authority during a special drive against land grabbers in various areas of city on Tuesday retrieved precious land worth tens of millions of rupees after demolishing a number of unlawful structures.

According to LDA officials, the Estate Management Directorate retrieved a plot measuring 19 kanlas in C Block of Johar Town from illegal occupants.

The plot had been earmarked as a public utility site for setting up a building for the benefit of the general public. The land grabbers had set up more than 40 concrete structures at the place which were razed during the operation.

Meanwhile, Town Planning Wing sealed a pizza shop on Main Boulevard Ghulshan-e-Ravi as the management of the shop had made addition to the existing premises without getting approval from LDA.

In another incident, LDA staff demolished a workshop as well as two shops in Revenue Employees Housing Society, Johar Town, as the structures had been illegally constructed by grabbing a plot.

LDA staff also demolished an illegal construction which had been established in the parking area of LDA Flats, Lawrence Road. (APP) Continue reading

CDA seals four agro farms in Orchard Scheme


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Tuesday sealed four agro farms in Orchard Scheme along Murree Road for violation of the CDA byelaws and non-confirming use.

The operation, conducted on directives of CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz, was supervised by Member Planning and Design Syed Mustafain Kazmi. CDA Magistrate Changez Khan and officials and personnel of the Enforcement and Building Control directorates participated in the operation.

Syed Mustafain Kazmi told ‘The News’ that the CDA had issued notices to all allottees and owners of the poultry and vegetable farms (Agro Farming Scheme) who had expanded covered areas beyond the allowed limits. In addition to this, some agro farms were under non-confirming use and holding different activities in violation of the CDA byelaws.

The CDA official said that in all around 1,350 notices have been served for non-conforming (mostly commercial use) of residential buildings, agro farms and other properties.

The agro farms sealed on Tuesday were being used for marriage ceremonies and musical nights in violation of the CDA rules and were also creating problems and nuisance for neighbours.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had taken notice of these violations and directed the CDA to act against the violators. Ihe civic body had issued notices to owners of these plots to ensure that the use of the plots should be strictly inline with the terms of allotment letters. They were also asked to bring back the covered area within approved limits by demolishing the excess area and to ensure the supply of vegetables and poultry to the local markets as per regulations of the CDA.

The CDA has warned the allottees of the agro farms that in case of non-compliance, all such violations would be proceeded under the prevailing rules and regulations. Some violators approached courts to get restraining orders. The CDA pursued cases and managed to get status quo orders of the court vacated and subsequently took action against violators and sealed four agro farms, including 42, 43, 44 and 44-A, for non-confirming use and violations. Continue reading

Progress on DHA City projects reviewed

KARACHI, Nov 27: A DHA City Karachi steering committee meeting on Tuesday reviewed progress on the ongoing development activities at the DCK site on the Superhighway.

An official said DCK project director Muhammad Rafique apprised the steering committee about the progress on the ongoing projects under the ‘immediate action plan’ at the DCK site.

The projects include the construction of a boundary wall, track, watchtowers, main entrance gate, staff accommodation, visitors centre and DCK central facility building.

A feasibility study on the renewable energy project, alternative water works and environmental impact assessment were also going on while water exploration work in the area was being completed. Continue reading