Expressway-II Project gets attention of city bosses

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10:  The Rs6 billion project to expand the stretch between Koral Chowk and G.T. Road (Expressway-II) has luckily gotten the attention of the civic authority’s new management, entirely because it leads to the hometown of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

According to details shared by an engineering wing official, Phase-II of the upgrade of the 12.5km long Expressway-II was not progressing because the authority is short on finances even though the project’s blueprint was completed by 2009.

Now the project’s financial survival hinges on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who “travels through the same road to visit his hometown Gujar Khan.”

CDA chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz is expected to get in touch with PM Ashraf’s office about the financial needs of the project in coming days,” claimed an official close to the development.

It is pertinent to mention that Expressway-II from Koral Chowk to Rawat has an extremely high traffic volume and only two lanes running on either side.

“A number of housing societies have been issued development no-objection certificates from the CDA and the Islamabad Capital Territory administration, and so the traffic has increased twofold,” said an official of the Islamabad Traffic Police.

Farhan Mehboob, a resident of Pakistan Town, added: “I have to commute daily from my home to downtown Islamabad through this highway and the congestion is disturbing.”

He complained that sometimes a broken down truck adds to the misery of the daily commuters as the road is blocked up to miles because there is no alternative route in case of massive traffic jam. Continue reading

6 schemes declared illegal

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority on Monday declared six private housing schemes as illegal and informed citizens that operators of these schemes had illegally developed societies in LDA’s controlled area.

The general public, prospective buyers and the investors have been cautioned that as many as six private housing schemes, situated in the LDA’s controlled area were illegal as no formal approval for them had been obtained from LDA.

The six  illegal schemes include Lalazar Garden- 80 feet Peco Road, Marghazar Colony, Munir Garden- Niaz Baig Road, Fateh Villas- near Pak Arab Housing Scheme, Chandrai Road, Grand Avenue Housing Scheme- 28 Km Ferozpur Road, Vital Homes adjacent to Pak Arab Housing Scheme and Green Park Housing Scheme- near Hadiara drain, Ferozpur Road.

People have been advised, in their own interest, to refrain from purchasing plots in these schemes and verify the legal status of these schemes from LDA before making any investment or transaction. LDA shall not be responsible in any case of loss in this regard.

LDA have also warned the owners or developers of these illegal housing schemes to stop sale of plots, execution of development works and other issues relating to the sale of plots in these schemes, otherwise LDA will take strict legal action against them. Continue reading