CDA demolishes chambers of lawyers in F-8

ISLAMABAD – The Enforcement Department of Capital Development Authority (CDA) has demolished 28 under-construction chambers of lawyers in a football ground in Sector F-8 Markaz.
The CDA officials are of the view that the chambers were being constructed without taking permission from the authority.
Deputy Director, Enforcement Department Muhammad Iqbal supervised the operation.
Meanwhile, Municipal Administration Department of the CDA also conducted an operation against the encroachments in Sectors F-10/2, G-11/2 and G-10 Markaz. Continue reading

CDA directs to expedite Margalla construction work

Map of Pakistan's administrative units

Map of Pakistan’s administrative units (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz has directed the Engineering Wing to expedite the pace of construction work on the avenue as per international standards by utilizing all available resources so that the commuters could enjoy the facility.

Chairman CDA said that Margalla Avenue would not only provide an easy access to the commuters from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) but also reduce the traffic burden on Kashmir Highway, while entering the Federal Capital.

Talking to APP, CDA official said that Margalla Avenue Project was initiated to facilitate the traffic from GT Road at the cost of Rs 588 million.

He said that Margalla Avenue was 9 kilometers long with culverts, adding that the avenue would consist of 2 lanes of 12 feet width on each side. Continue reading

LDA inquiry committees fail

LAHORE

Despite a lapse of four years, inquiry committees of Lahore Development Authority to estimate financial loss as a result of the demolition operation have failed to complete and submit their inquiry reports or findings, it is learnt. The main objective for the formation of these committees was to prepare suggestions and recommendations to redress complaints of stakeholders.

However, the said committees were ordered by government to submit their inquiry reports after completing the process on the basis of documentary and other legal proofs of ownership.
It is also learnt that most owners of the shops and offices in the demolished plazas had to pay installments to developers while a few had paid the amount in advance to the owners. However, after demolition of illegally constructed plazas including Al Rehman Medical Centre Gulberg Ferozpur Road, Inam Intext Garden Town, Ravi Centre, Jess Heights, Big City Main Boulevard Gulberg, Ahad Tower Kalma Chowk, Bridal Plaza, Tariq Plaza Model Town Link Road, a plaza adjacent to Telenor Telecom Company and three plazas situated in PIA Housing Society, the stakeholders contacted owners and developers of such plazas for compensation or to return their paid amount but in vain.
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Flyover, road inaugurated

KARACHI, May 29: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on Wednesday inaugurated the Mahmoud A. Haroon flyover near the airport and M.M. Alam Road along the Malir garrison.

The flyover has been named after former Sindh governor Mahmoud A. Haroon and the road after the 1965 war hero, the late M.M. Alam.

The three-lane 570 metre-long flyover has been completed at a cost of Rs330 million.

The governor said the project had been completed a month ahead of the scheduled time. He said it would ensure a smooth flow of traffic from Sharea Faisal to the airport.

As many as 42 LED lights will be installed on the flyover. While inaugurating M.M. Alam Road along Malir cantonment, the governor said that the living nations remembered their heroes. Continue reading

CDA Board approves auction of 10 commercial plots

Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Board okayed auction of 10 commercial plots, while rejecting bids of four others, which would enable the civic body to fetch nearly Rs3.2 billion from the bidding exercise held on May 21 and 22.

The bids were accepted in the CDA Board meeting which was held in the absence of CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz, who was on an official visit to Turkey. The member finance, who is acting chairman, presided over the meeting. A CDA official said they have also received Rs802 million as 25% of the total payment of 10 auctioned plots.

The CDA board rejected bids of four commercial plots observing that they have not been able to receive benchmark price. One of the four plots rejected by the CDA board includes plot No.57-C (2844.4 square yards) of Blue Area for which Rs307,000 per square yards were offered.

The board meeting also accepted bids of three commercial plots, each of them measuring 1333.33 square yards on which 22-storey high rise plazas would be raised. These three plots, however, would fetch much lower price as compared to bids offers of the last auction held in March, this year.

“The price received by these three plots will be Rs1,430 million as compared to previous total offers of Rs1,862 million,” the CDA sources.

The insiders in CDA told this correspondent that previous highest bids were cancelled by the CDA officials with the connivance of property mafia so that same plots could be sold at lower prices at the next auction.

A CDA official, however, told ‘The News’ that the previous price was also a benchmark but the new prices have also become new benchmark prices.

The official while defended board’s decision said the highest bidders at the last auction held in March, acted as spoilers and they did not start making payment within the stipulated time. “As a result, we had to reject offers and confiscate token money of Rs5 million in each case,” the official said. He said the authority, now had received 25% of the total payment within 72 hours. Continue reading

Cash-strapped CDA wants private investors

ISLAMABAD, May 28: Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Tahir Shahbaz said residential projects could no longer be launched in the federal capital without a joint venture with private partners, and the CDA Ordinance had to be amended for that.

He said this while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and the Capital Administration and Development (CAD) on Tuesday.

Discussing the affairs of the Multi-Professional Employees Cooperative Housing Society (MPECHS), he said during the tenure of former chairman Kamran Lashari, the civic body had invited private partners to develop the northern strip of Sector E-11.

MPECHS had been a successful bidder and had not only vacated the land from encroachers but had also developed it.

On April 15, 2011 the Supreme Court had struck down a joint venture to develop 54acres of land since there was no provision in the CDA Ordinance for such ventures.

“We have been facing financial problems in starting a new residential project, and because of the flaws in the ordinance we cannot vacate the land,” the chairman said. Continue reading

Land for road to Bahria Enclave: Official causes Rs5bn loss to CDA

Bahria Town

Bahria Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD, May 28: An inquiry has held the director general of the CDA planning division responsible for causing a loss of over Rs5 billion to the civic agency by allowing Bahria Town to use 110 kanals of land for the construction of a link road to Bahria Enclave without paying compensation.

According to the inquiry report, available with Dawn, Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu, the planning wing chief, deleted a clause from a letter which had asked Bahria Town to allocate an alternative land of an equal size in the same area.

An official of the CDA on the condition of anonymity said the letter was written by the planning wing director housing societies on Jan 30, 2012, and addressed to the general manager (planning and design) of Bahria Town.

The chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz, when contacted by Dawn, added: “I had ordered the inquiry last month mainly on the directions of a judicial commission formed by Islamabad High Court.”

“We will submit the inquiry report to the IHC on June 28 as ordered by the court,” he added.

An official in the authority added that on October 12, 2011, Bahria Town sought permission for construction of a 1.53-km-long road in Mouza Kuri to get an access to its housing society, Bahria Enclave, in Zone-IV.
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United Arab Emirates Hilton Hotel

Hilton Worldwide is to take over the management of the former Rocco Forte Hotel in the capital.

The luxury European operator Rocco Forte exited the Abu Dhabi hotel earlier this year because the location was not right for the brand, a senior executive with the company told The Nationalthis month.

The distinctive wavy, green glass building on Airport Road has been known as the Abu Dhabi Al Maqta hotel since, but will reopen as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand this summer.

The news will come as a surprise to some as Starwood Hotels and Resorts had been rumoured to take over the property and run it under the Sheraton brand.
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Kashmir highway contractors, buck up! -CDA

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday directed the Kashmir Highway project contractors to speed up their work, said a CDA spokesperson, adding that the highway’s expansion work would be completed by December.

He said that the Kashmir Highway would be widened to five-lanes on both sides from the current two. He told that the project had commenced in February 2012 and was estimated to cost Rs 4.8 billion.

The spokesperson said that the new IslamabadAirport’s construction work would be completed by next year, and coupled with the expansion of residential sectors it would increase the traffic volume, for which the Kashmir Highway’s widening project had been undertaken. Continue reading

LDA proposes to take over functions of CGDL and TMAs

Official logo of Lahore

Official logo of Lahore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) is preparing the final version of a summary seeking control of all private housing schemes in the provincial metropolis through certain amendments to the Punjab Private Housing Schemes and land Sub-Division Rules of 2010.

Officials say the city’s leading civic body wanted to deal with all private housing schemes by limiting the role of the City District Government of Lahore (CGDL) and its nine town municipal administrations (TMAs). LDA has criticised the CDGL and TMAs for not abiding by Lahore’s master plan in approval of schemes in their territorial and revenue jurisdiction. An earlier draft of the summary was approved in 2012 by the then chief minister.

The LDA accused TMAs of sanctioning private housing schemes such as Green City, Paragon City, State Life Housing Scheme (phase-II) and Anmol Housing Scheme in violation of the master plan. “Grand Avenue has also been approved by the Nishtar Town in the green area in violation of the plan,” it said.
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