WASA completes work at 6th Road Flyover: Dy MD

RAWALPINDI – Deputy Managing Director Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Muhammad Akram Soban, said that civic body has completed all the work at 6th Road Flyover pertaining to WASA in the given timeframe.

The Water Supply line of 24 inches diameter with length of 700 feet was laid on 24 January 2013 within shortest period of 4 days and sewerage line was completed on 15 February 2013 except 200 feet length due to non-excess to the site by Provincial Highway Department (PHD), which was also completed by the end of February 2013.

These facts have been conveyed time and again to PHD and district administration in writing but PHD continuously shifting their responsibilities to other service departments. He further told that due to some problems PHD failed to complete at grade road (service road) and road drainage system despite the inauguration of Flyover on 10th January 2013. Continue reading

1.7m dwellers get properties for Rs172/marla

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the provincial government has awarded proprietary rights to over 1.7 million dwellers of 3,460 slums.

During a meeting on regarding the pace of awarding proprietary rights to the residents of Katchi Abadis in the province, the CM said that over the last 27 years only 825 slums were notified while the present government had notified 3460 Katchi Abadis in a short period and awarded proprietary rights to their dwellers. He said that it was first time in the history of the province that proprietary rights had been awarded under joint partnership to husband and wife in Katchi Abadis and they had been made equal partners in property

The CM said a total of 180725 Kanal land has been given to residents of Katchi Abadis on ownership basis. He said that no fee had been charged from widows or orphans while a fee of Rs172 per Marla had been charged from others. He said that it is for the first time that Punjab government has awarded proprietary rights to the residents of Katchi Abadis in urban as well as rural areas. He said that Punjab government of PML-N had always taken solid measures for the betterment of backward and low-income segment of the society and awarding of ownership rights to the residents of Katchi Abadis is a part of this policy. The CM also issued instructions for setting up a committee for the immediate disposal of the pending cases which would present its report within two days after making a case to case review. The CM while acknowledging the efficiency of the staff of Directorate General Katchi Abadis announced two months’ basic pay for them as honorarium. The CM also appreciated the performance of Senior Member Board of Revenue, Sami Saeed, Member Colonies Khawaja Shamail, Director General Katchi Abadis and staff of the department and said that the officers have set a noble example of dutifulness by working round the clock for this project of public welfare. Continue reading

Islands deal with American entrepreneurs opposed

HYDERABAD, March 12: Sindhi nationalist leaders have condemned the government for signing a deal involving two islands with some American entrepreneurs.

In their separate statements, Ayaz Latif Palejo of the Qomi Awami Tehreek (QAT) and Dr Qadir Magsi of the Sindh Taraqqi-pasand Party (STP) vowed to resist all moves aimed at giving away Sindh’s islands to foreign entrepreneurs.

Mr Palejo condemning the deal for investment with some American entrepreneurs said that PPP government had auctioned Sindh’s resources. Speaking at a meeting of his party’s election committee on Tuesday, he termed the plan to hand over Dingi and Bhindar island to US businessman “an attack on Sindh’s integrity”.

“If the government intends to create another Pataya or Manila along the coastline of the country, the masses will not let it happen. The PPP government through its representative, Malik Riaz, has bargained over Sindh’s islands for the sake of commission, to the tune of billions of dollars,” he claimed.

He alleged that Malik Riaz had gifted a palace to the president in Lahore and in lieu of that these islands were being given to the property tycoon to bring in and settle foreigners on the islands.

He said that through the 18th amendment, the PPP government had given away Sindh’s natural resources including oil, coal and gas to the federation. Continue reading