Ban on basement digging in monsoon season

The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on Tuesday imposed a ban, with immediate effect, on digging basements in the entire district.
Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Naseem Sadiq imposed section 144 on digging basements in the entire district due to the ongoing monsoon season as this activity could damage nearly buildings.
The section 144 would remain operative till August 15 2013, Sadiq said. Continue reading

Delay in widening of Kashmir Highway causing traffic jams

ISLAMABAD: Delay in completion of widening of the Kashmir Highway from Zero Point Interchange to Islamabad Chowk is causing massive traffic jams.
All the traffic coming from Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and Peshawar via GT Road has been diverted to Kashmir Highway due to the construction of Chur Chowk flyover, which caused traffic jams, especially in the evenings, said a motorist, resident of Sector G14.
He said the motorists were facing problems as the Kashmir Highway mostly remained jammed.
Most of the people coming from Taxila, Fateh Jang, Tarnol, Chungi No 26 and several underdeveloped sectors of the capital use this road for reaching their offices.

The people have demanded the authorities concerned to speed up the construction work of the highway.
According to details, the project was to be completed by February 2013, but it had been delayed, reportedly due to the scarcity of funds.
The project was started at a cost of Rs 4.8 billion in February 2012 and includes widening of the existing two lanes to five lanes on both sides.
The construction work on the new Islamabad Airport will also be completed next year and that will increase the traffic on this road.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif has visited the construction sites and directed the engineering wing of the authority to expedite construction work on the highway.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of development work on the project and directed member engineering for completion of work within three months.
He also directed member engineering to chalk out a three months’ completion plan for this “very important project” immediately and ensure that the construction work is of high quality and international standard. Continue reading

LDA annual budget approved


THE governing body of the Lahore Development Authority approved its budget and its agencies Wasa and TEPA for the fiscal year 2013-14 on Monday.

Total resources of LDA, Wasa and TEPA have been estimated at Rs 25.046 billion, whereas approximation of expenditure is at Rs 25.043 billion out of which Rs 14.40 billion have been earmarked for development works.

District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Nasim Sadiq chaired the budget meeting which was attended by LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema, Wasa MD Dr Javed Iqbal, TEPA Chief Engineer Saeed Akhter, LDA Chief Engineer Asrar Saeed, LDA Finance Director Zaheer Asghar Rana and other officers concerned and representatives of the provincial local government, housing, P&D and finance departments besides administrators of the nine constituent towns of the city district, Lahore.

Total resources of LDA Urban Development Wing during the fiscal year 2013-14 have been estimated at Rs.11.56 billion against the expected expenditure of Rs 11.543 billion. This amount will also include development expenditure of Rs 9.10 billion.

Out of total of Rs 2.6 billion allocated in the new budget for LDA’s housing schemes the LDA will spend Rs 1,100 million on the development of necessary infrastructure in housing schemes for government employees LDA Avenue-1. Construction of road network, main trunk sewer from Expo Centre to Satukatla Drain, grid station and water supply and sewerage work at the Finance and Trade Centre, Johar Town, will cost Rs 919 million.

A sum of Rs 500 million has been earmarked for a new housing scheme, LDA City, in the provincial metropolis.An amount of Rs 1.6 billion has been allocated for construction of buildings by LDA. A sum of Rs 185 million will be spent on starting construction of new buildings.

A total of Rs 250 million will be spent on construction of a car parking and commercial plaza at Moon Market, Allama Iqbal Town. Installation of fire alarm and security system for LDA buildings will cost Rs 25 million. Project for construction of houses for LDA officials at Jubilee Town will be executed at a cost of Rs 60 million.

An amount of Rs 100 million each will be spent on construction of community centre at Garden Town as well as a commercial plaza at plot No 4-A Gulberg V.Other development schemes will be executed at a cost of Rs 1.35 billion, including Rs 500 million for priority works.

A total of Rs 1.14 billion will be spent on Lahore Roads Rehabilitation Programme (LRRP). In addition, dualization of road from LOS Ferozepur Road to Multan Road will cost Rs 1.84 billion, whereas provision of LED lights at various roads of Lahore will cost Rs 230 million. Continue reading

DHA begins registration campaign

KARACHI: Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi is undertaking a two-week registration campaign from July 29 to record the details of all houses and commercial units located in the housing authority.

A DHA official said on Sunday that the registration process is meant to maintain a database to help in improving the overall security environment in the area.

He further stated that the housing and commercial units in DHA will be registered along with the essential details of their owners and occupants including the information of the servants and employees working/residing in these units.

Foreign consulates located in the area will only be required to furnish details of the local employees working there.

The DHA official pointed out that a large number of teams have been constituted for this purpose. The extensive exercise will entail going door to door in designated areas. The team members in the first phase will distribute printed registration forms and subsequently collect them back after two days. The team members will have proper identification cards issued by DHA.

The data provided will be kept confidential and will not be used for any other purpose. DHA Administrator Brig Muhammad Abdullah has described the initiation of registration campaign as a significant step towards creating a better security environment.

He has asked the residents to extend their maximum support and cooperation in making the campaign successful. app Continue reading

Projects of Rs 400m in D12 approved

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has approved development projects of Rs 400 million in Sector D12.

According to the civic authority sources, the CDA chairman approved the uplift projects, including construction of main and service roads in the sector.

It must be noted that the sector was launched in 1989 and the allottees have been waiting for the completion of the uplift work for last 24 years. The contract of the development work in the sector was awarded in 2005 for two years but it could not be finished even after the passage of eight years. Continue reading

Higher CVT means higher property prices

Property prices have witnessed an increase of 25 to 40 percent in all seven tehsils and cantonment areas of Rawalpindi due to newly implemented taxes. Taxes and fee have been imposed even on inherited property increasing the prices tenfold. Capital Value Tax (CVT) has been slapped on all vacant plots at a rate of Rs 100 per square foot, while constructed houses have to bear a rate of Rs 10 per square foot. One percent corporation fee, one percent registration fee and stamp duty will be charged on the total cost of the property which is sure to put off potential property customers. The citizens will have to pay Rs 80,000 on the purchase of a single storey house of three marlas against the previously new tax rates have come in force with immediate effect. The citizens have protested against the new tax rates claiming them as nothing more than the exploitation of the masses. Property dealers and clients have demanded the government to immediately withdraw the new tax rates. The Rawalpindi District Bar secretary has termed the increase in taxes illegal and announced to challenge it in the court of law. Continue reading