Mini golf club was illegally made: SC asks CDA to take stern action against officers

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court on Thursday directed officials of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take strict action against those responsible in not carrying the apex court’s orders in 2006 regarding the conversion of a public park into a mini golf club.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar MuhammadChaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed heard the implementation case of the apex court’s verdict on a park illegally converted into a mini golf club.

The Chief Justice in his remarks expressed displeasure for not complying with the apex court’s verdict and said that it has become a general practice to do so.

Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed said that a feeling of guilt would remain with CDA for using delay tactics
Munir Paracha, counsel for CDA apprised the court that most of the officers involved in the case have either been transferred or retired from service.

Paracha further stated that the authority had already written to the Establishment Division for taking action against those responsible.

Later, the court while disposing off the case, strictly directed the CDA to take stern action against the officers involved in not complying with the courts 2006 order. Continue reading

NA body takes note of I-11 slums non-removal

SLAMABAD – The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat of the National Assembly (NA) has taken notice of non-removal of the katchi abadis (slums) in Sector I-11 of the federal capital and summoned a meeting on Monday.

The committee had instructed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to get the sector vacated from land grabbers and dwellers of slums, and give possession of the plots to the allottees, who have been waiting to take possession of their plots for last 23 years, after completing development work in the sector.

The CDA had told the committee that the civic authority had planned to conduct an operation to remove the slums from Sector I-11 from February 6 to 11 and it had served notices on 864 land grabbers. The civic body failed to conduct the operation as Islamabad could not assist the civic body in the operation between the dates. Islamabad administration and police are of the view that a search operation was necessary before demolishing the houses and structures in the slums but did not issue any schedule. Continue reading

Illegal constructions in cahoots with SBCA

KARACHI – Despite the tall claims of the Director General of Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), massive illegal constructions are being carried out in the City, causing loss of millions of rupees to the provincial exchequer, The Nation learnt.

According to a survey conducted in Liaqutabad Town by The Nation, scores of construction works of commercial flats are being carried out on the residential plots which have exposed the tall claims of the department towards transparency.

An official of the design department of SBCA, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that such sort of illegal activities are on the rise in the department. He said that mostly commercial projects were constructed at the residential plots without fulfilling the legal requirements, including building maps by the authority, causing losses of millions of rupees to the provincial exchequer in the said town jurisdiction.

He admitted that the SBCA is responsible for the infrastructure of each area, giving permission to the builders for their personal lucrative benefits.
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Kalma Chowk Underpass inauguration on 26th

LAHORE

AS elections are approaching fast, Punjab government has accelerated work on its major development projects, especially in provincial metropolis, and is all set to inaugurate Kalma Chowk Underpass on February 26.

Punjab government had recently inaugurated its much hyped-project, Metro Bus Service, in Lahore and now ready to launch Kalma Chowk Underpass before the likely dissolution of assemblies in March.

Chief Executive of the construction company Shahid Saleem told The News that more than 90 percent of construction work had been completed and remaining would be done within few days.

Project Manager of the company said the cost of project could increase by 5 to 7 percent due to changing in design of the project. He said 1-km long underpass would be the largest underpass of Lahore having three lanes at one side (from Qaddafi Stadium side to Barkat Market) and two lanes on the other side (from Barkat Market toward Qaddafi Stadium).

Kalma Chowk on Ferozepur Road is one of the busiest intersections which links various residential and commercial localities, including Gulberg, Model Town, Garden Town, Barkat Market, Muslim Town, Qaddafi Stadium and Khan Colony (Naseerabad).

Mazhar Khan, a Project Manager of TEPA, confirmed to this scribe that the inauguration of Kalma Chowk project could be done in four to five days. Continue reading

CDA starts beautification of Jubilee Park in Sector F-7

Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is carrying out restoration, development and beautification of the Jubilee Park in Sector F-7 of the federal capital and up gradation of all the basic facilities at Muslim Colony on priority basis.

During his visit to the Jubilee Park in Sector F-7 and Muslim Colony, near Barri Imam shrine, CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz, said that the authority is taking concrete measures for development, maintenance and up gradation of parks to provide the best recreational facilities to the residents of the federal capital.

On this occasion, CDA Member Administration, Munir Ahmad Chaudhry, Member Environment, Dr. Kazim Niaz, Director General Environment, Dr. Suleman Sheikh and senior officers of the authority were also present.

He said the CDA has launched a comprehensive programme for the up-gradation and development of the parks and recreational facilities in the federal capital to further beautify the natural environment of the city. As part of the plan, CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz directed the Environment Wing of the authority to expedite the development work at Jubilee Park in Sector F-7.

This is the same general public park where the civic body about years back had allowed a private firm to raise a mini golf course along with commercial activities through a lease agreement. The lease agreement was challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the chief justice directed the authority to demolish the structure raised by the private party and restore the park to its shape and take action against responsible officials.

However, it took seven years to implement directives and the incumbent chairman started implementing directives of the apex court and now the development work at site of the Jubilee Park is in full swing.

The CDA chairman also directed the concerned officials to gear up the awareness activities for cleanliness, improvement of sewage system and up-gradation of environment in Islamabad, especially in Muslim Colony near the shrine of Barri Imam.

He said that the work being carried out for the development of Jubilee Park in Sector F-7 is satisfactory, but should be further expedited for completion of this recreational facility to facilitate the residents at the earliest. He was apprised of the progress on the development work being carried out in the park and the facilities to be developed for the public.

He said that banners, posters and other awareness material should be displayed in Muslim Colony and adjoining areas for environmental awareness.

He also directed the Member Administration to make appropriate arrangements for cleaning of the solid waste skips in this area. He also directed for resolving the issues of sewerage system in Muslim Colony.

The CDA chairman was apprised of different measures being taken out by the authority for cleanliness and improvement of the sewerage system in Muslim Colony. He was apprised that construction of soaks and other arrangements have been made in this locality to discourage the flow of sewage into adjoining nullahs. Continue reading

CDA decides to get 700 flats vacated from cops

ISLAMABAD  – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board has decided to vacate 700 flats located in Sector G-6 from the officials of the Islamabad Police.

The civic body has also decided to name three roads after Mansha Yad, Tufail Niazi and other personalities. The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz the other day.

The board expressed grave concerns over the occupation of more than 700 flats in Sector G-6 by the officials of Islamabad Police and decided to vacate the. A detailed report would be formed in this connection and approved by the board. Then, the CDA would get the flats vacated through proper legal channel with the help of Enforcement Department. The CDA board also decided to launch a rapid transit bus service (metro bus service) in the federal capital. The CDA would launch the metro bus service in collaboration with Rawalpindi administration to facilitate the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi alike.  Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority has given approval for starting Rapid Transit Transport System in the federal capital. Sources in CDA said that the project would cost Rs 5 billion. The CDA officials have started accumulating funds from the relevant departments to realise the plan. Continue reading

Work in G-14/2 & 3 to resume in two days

The development work in sectors G-14/2 and G-14/3 is likely to start in a couple of days following successful negotiations between the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and affected people of the sector.

Sources said that during the meeting, the affected people demanded that the development activity in Sector G-15/3 where they are being allotted alternative plots should also start simultaneously.

The officials of the ICT administration later talked to the officials of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) who accepted their demand.

An official of the foundation said that the earth-levelling work in Sector G-15/3 would be undertaken from Wednesday (today) while the development work in sectors G-14/2 and G-14/3 would resume in a day or two. The National Construction Limited (NCL) was awarded the contract of the civil work in two sub-sectors, but the development activity was suspended time and again due to intervention of the affected people. Continue reading

Pavement of streets in 12 UCs approved

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad Development Working Party (IDWP) here on Tuesday held a high-level meeting under the chair of Chief Commissioner Islamabad and considered and approved various development schemes for the uplift of rural areas of capital.

The IDWP members including concerned chiefs of Planning and Development Division; Finance Division, Deputy Financial Advisor, Ministry of Interior and officials of Islamabad Capital territory Administration (ICTA) attended the meeting. The participants of the meeting considered the PC-I of 12 uplift schemes under the (PWP-II), relating to pavement of streets in 12 union councils of Islamabad and in principle gave approval of these uplift schemes. However these schemes would be subject to vetting and clearance by the Planning and Development Division as well as Finance Division, a spokesman of the local administration said. Continue reading

CDA plans a new operation against owners of farmlands in Chak Shahzad

ISLAMABAD, Feb 7: In light of directives from the Supreme Court, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) plans to re-launch a new campaign against owners of agro-farmlands in Chak Shahzad area, who have violated their lease agreement with the authority.

A campaign was launched last month but CDA officials were met with resistance as many farms are owned by people of influence.

As reported earlier, some of the big names who have their farm houses in Chak Shahzad are former President Pervez Musharraf, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, former Senate Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Wasim Sajjad, former senator Dr Shahzad Waseem, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Raja Nadir Pervez and several army generals and journalists.

In order to circumvent the problem, this time around, in the new campaign, a judicial officer will accompany the CDA team, to provide the operation with legal cover.The renewed drive will entail removing structures that the authority may discover
exceed the prescribed limits.

Regarding the lease agreement violations, a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Thursday heard the case.

According to the lease agreement the farmlands were supposed to be utilised for farming and poultry but some owners have built palatial farmhouses and marriage halls.

Director-General (DG) Land Control CDA Ghulam Mustafa assured the Supreme Court that the CDA intended to re-launch the inspection of different agro-farms and this time around would be accompanied by a judicial officer —a magistrate.

The reason for ensuring the presence of a magistrate was that in the last campaign, at least 15 farmlands denied access to CDA officers to inspect their premises. Continue reading