CDA to establish commercial hub in I12

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to establish state-of-the-art commercial hub in Sector I12 for promotion of trade and economic activities in the federal capital.

“CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that strategic location of Sector I12 has its great significance as this sector is a gateway between the twin cities,” said a press release.

He said that CDA is striving hard to promote business and economic activities in the capital city, adding that all out efforts would be made to establish Sector I12 as economic base for commercial activities.

CDA chairman directed Planning and Design member to plan the infrastructure in line with modern techniques.

He also directed for a joint and effective consultation with the formations of the authority concerned for the development of state-of-the-art commercial zone in Sector I12.

Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that CDA is offering commercial plots of different categories for open bidding in different developed sectors of the city, including hotels, shopping malls, wedding halls, which would help boost the business and trade activities.

Earlier the Planning and Design member Syed Mustafain Kazmi elaborated the details of the planning of Sector I12 that Planning Wing has demarcated 52 commercial plots in Markaz I12 as per approval of the CDA Board, while size of each commercial plot is 1096 square yard.

He said that the design theme of Markaz I12 would be twin city Saddar Market, while all four provinces of Pakistan have been represented in the design theme with 5th block of Gilgit-Baltistan having Kashmir Mall. He said that all the blocks have been interconnected in a way to facilitate the pedestrians without any hassle.

Planning and Design member further informed that two plots for hotels have also been planned, adding that a mosque would be constructed in Markaz I12.

He said that all the commercial plots would be offered through open bidding in transparent manner. Syed Mustafain Kazmi further apprised that state-of-the-art civic facilities would be provided, including clean drinking water, playground, hospital, sewerage treatment plant, toilets, emergency and disaster management centre, police station, enquiry and other allied facilities.

CDA chairman said that Sector I12 is located along the IJ Principal Road and is a centre of the twin cities. In addition to all these advantages, Markaz I12 would be the best business and trade centre of twin cities. app Continue reading

Land allotment: Deputationists lose CDA largesse

ISLAMABAD, June 5: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday declared some sections of Islamabad Land Disposal Regulations (ILDR) 2005  illegal.

The ILDR sections entitled the officers working on deputation in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to the rights similar to those enjoyed by the regular employees.

The court gave verdict while disposing of seven identical petitions filed by former and current CDA officials against the allotment of plots to the deputationists and inclusion of their names in the seniority list.

The court ruled that Sections 2(f), 4 and 5 of ILDR were illegal. They allowed the deputationists similar facilities which were meant for the regular CDA employees.

As a result, the officials of other departments working on deputation in the civic body were entitled to the plots in different residential schemes of Islamabad.

Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) on April 24, 1990 had decided to allot 20 per cent residential plots to the CDA officials in each residential scheme of Islamabad.

The share of federal government employees in the residential schemes was 80 per cent.

In 2005, the then CDA chairman Kamran Lashari amended the ILDR, permitting the officers who were working in the CDA on deputation to avail of the 20 per cent share in residential plots. Continue reading

Newly constructed flyover closed for traffic


The newly constructed flyover near the Karachi airport has been closed for vehicular traffic just a few days after it was inaugurated.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has shut the bridge – named after Sindh’s former governor Mahmoud A Haroon – “to complete the remaining construction work and check the durability of the structure”.

The flyover has been built at a cost of Rs330 million on Sharea Faisal to ease traffic jams near the Jinnah Terminal. The bridge was inaugurated by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad on May 29.

At the inauguration ceremony, Karachi Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi told the media representatives that the bridge had been completed a month before the stipulated time. “The bridge has been opened for public from today (May 29). Lane marking and installation of cat eyes will be completed within two days and the pending work will be done in a week,” he had said.

On June 1, the administrator had directed the bridge’s project director to complete the construction and development works under the bridge at the earliest. He did not, however, mention that the bridge would be closed for the construction works.

Almost 80 percent construction at the flyover has been completed while the remaining work will be completed by Wednesday night, according to KMC officials. By Thursday, the bridge will be reopened for vehicular movement.

“We have to see if any patch appears on the bridge or there is any other fault. We will like to fix it beforehand to avoid any major accident,” an official said, requesting anonymity. Continue reading

Several mega projects under way without NOC

RAWALPINDI: Many multi-million rupees mega projects in the garrison city are either going on or completed without taking NOC from the Environment Protection department.

Under Section 12 of the Environmental Protection Act, taking NOC from the environment department is mandatory for all projects but this act has been violated in the case of all the projects, making it difficult to estimate the environmental pollution created by the projects. According to the sources, the environment department officials had conducted a survey of the slaughter house constructed on Ratta Road but no step was taken to avoid the pollution spread by the slaughter house in the surrounding areas and Nullah Lai. Similarly, an application was forwarded to the environmental protection department for an NOC for Chandni Chowk Flyover project but later on no heed was paid to the issue. Likewise, NOCs for various projects including those of Sixth Road Flyover, Chohr Chowk expansion, Pirwadhai Road Flyover and Underpass and Mareer Chowk were also not taken. Environment District Officer Shoukat Hayat said that letters regarding the violation of laws related to environment protection have been sent to the DG Environment. He said that for the violations, a fine of Rs 5 million per project could be imposed under Section 17 of the Environment Act.
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RDA expedites work, but project unlikely to be completed on time


The executing body, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), with the help of its contractor, has expedited work on the Mareer Chowk railway bridge expansion after general elections, but the project is still not expected to be completed by the end of the current year.

According to credible sources, the project would still take at least 6 more months i.e. by the end of December. In this connection, sources said that the main hurdle coming in its way is late removal of railway tracks by the Pakistan Railways for changing routes of trains. The Pakistan Railways took more than three months to complete work of removing one side of tracks. Secondly, the completion of the project has been delayed due to the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco), which took too much time to remove electricity poles coming in its way. Otherwise, the RDA was well set to complete the project on its scheduled time of April 30, 2013, sources added.
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CDA to develop I-12 as commercial hub


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) plans to development Sector I-12 as a state-of-the-art commercial hub of twin cities for promotion of trade and economic activities.

CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz on Friday chaired a meeting to review progress on planning and designing of commercial plots in Sector I-12. On the occasion, Member Planning and Design Syed Mustafain Kazmi and concerned officers of the Planning Wing were present on the occasion.

The CDA chairman said that Sector I-12 has great significance as it is a gateway between the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. He said that the CDA is striving hard to promote business and economic activities in the capital, adding that all-out efforts would be made to develop Sector I-12 as an economic base for commercial activities.
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