CDA seals another four houses

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Tuesday sealed four additional houses in continuation of its operation against the violation of its building by-laws. Houses sealed by the CDA were located in sectors F-7/2 and F-7/4. CDA Directorates of Enforcement and Building Control also took apart in the operation. House No15 in Street-37 that was used as a boutique showroom, house no42 in street-20 that was being used as a dress show room, house no15 in street-18 that was being used as a salon and house No64 on Nazim-ud-Din Road, Sector F-7/4 that was also used as restaurant were sealed for non-conformation and violation of CDA’s building by-laws. Continue reading

Labour colony set up in city at a cost of Rs 2,177 million

LAHORE – Provincial Minister for Labour Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi while talking to different delegations of labourers on Tuesday said that flats are being given to labourers on ownership basis for the first time in the history of the country.

He said a labour colony comprising of 1,296 flats and costing more than Rs 2,177 million was being set up on 47 acres of land along Defence Road in Lahore. Another labour colony was also being constructed in Muzaffargarh comprising of 303 residential units, he added.

Ehsanuddin said the government would also provide health care facilities to labourers, adding that the Labour Department would spend Rs 4.31 billion for the purpose during the current fiscal year.

The minister further said that 2,000 residential units would be constructed during the current fiscal year in Sialkot, Gujranwala and Multan, while adding that new social security hospitals would also be set up and existing hospitals would be updated. Continue reading

CDA receives lacklustre response from bidders

ISLAMABAD – The city managers Tuesday experienced an unprecedented situation, indeed a setback, where ‘uninterested’ buyers and investors rather offering bids against residential and commercial plots preferred to play role of silent spectators, on the first day of two-day auction of land organised by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

On Tuesday, the authority presented a total of 11 residential and commercial plots for bidding to the buyers. Out of which bids were received against three commercial plots including a plot meant for the establishment of filling station. While buyers showed no interest in rest of eight plots. The situation forced the auction committee headed by CDA Member Finance to wrap up the ‘selling spree’ for the day. Continue reading

Removal of bus stops under flyovers ordered

KARACHI, Dec 18: All bus terminals and stops under flyovers in the city be removed forthwith, ordered Karachi Commissioner Hashim Raza Zaidi while presiding over a Regional Transport Authority meeting on Tuesday.

He asked the RTA secretary, DIG-traffic and the traffic engineering bureau that bus stops under the flyovers be removed immediately. He said any permission granted in that regard be cancelled.

Mr Zaidi ordered that there be a ban on buses passing through Saddar and old permits be rerouted.––APP Continue reading

Kalma Chowk closed for traffic

LAHORE, Dec 18: The quarters concerned of the Punjab government closed Kalma Chowk for traffic on Tuesday night to start construction of two underpasses and Metro Bus pathway.

As around 1.5 million vehicles use this intersection daily, motorists who are already in trouble these days because of ongoing construction of the Metro Bus System project will have to suffer for the next 20-days (Dec 19 to Jan 9) because of construction work at this intersection.

Though the City Traffic Police and TEPA have issued a traffic diversion plan, the decision will result in traffic congestion on Canal Road, Gulberg’s Main Boulevard, Qaddafi Stadium Road, Zahoor Elahi Road, The Mall and Jail Road.

“No traffic will enter this major intersection from Dec 19 to Jan 9 because of construction of the underpasses and a small stretch of the dedicated corridor for the Metro Bus,” MPA Dr Saeed Elahi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said at a press conference at the Kalma Chowk construction site on Tuesday afternoon.

Flanked by Lahore Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik, Chief Traffic Officer Sohail Chaudhry and Project Directors Khalid Alvi
and Sabir Khan Sidozai, Elahi said the intersection was closed to complete the seven-lane dual underpass project till Jan 31.

Elahi said the project would cost the government Rs1.75 billion. He dispelled the impression that the Metro Bus project would cost the government Rs70 to 80 billion and said that actual cost of the project was Rs29.80 billion. He said the Metro Bus track from Gajjumata to Kalma Chowk was likely to be opened on Dec 25.

Commissioner Malik said that Rs558 million had been paid to people whose land was acquired for the road project. “We are going to set up a one-window cell at Town Hall to dispose of remaining cases of compensation,” he said. Continue reading

CDA to launch uplift work in I-9, I-10 sectors

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has initiated a programme for carrying out necessary maintenance and up-gradation work in the federal capital commencing from the sectors I-9 and I-10.

CDA Member Engineering Sanaullah Aman said that on the direction of CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz a comprehensive programme has been chalked out for different up-gradation activities including improvement of roads, streetlights, sewerage system, drainage network and water supply in different sectors of Islamabad.

He said that CDA chairman has directed that development and maintenance activities should focus on G and I series sectors to improve the civic amenities like those available in the F series sectors of Islamabad.

He was addressing a reception hosted by the civil society in Sector I-10 for completing different development projects of maintenance, road carpeting and improvement of water supply in the sector.

Sanaullah Aman said that CDA has replaced six old water pumps of tube-wells in this sector with the energy efficient water pumps sponsored by USAID and has also improved the water supply lines to maximise the availability of water for the residents. He said that 10 new water filtration plants have been approved for installation in the city and the G and I series sectors are being given preference in this regard.

He said that CDA is coordinating with the civil society organisations and NGOs for improving civic amenities in the city. He said that special awareness campaign has been launched for the conservation of water and cleanliness of the city. Continue reading