Category Archives: Infrastructure

CDA moves against illegal construction

ISLAMABAD - Capital Development Authority (CDA) launched an operation against illegally constructed houses in Bari Imam on Saturday and demolished two houses in the process.
CDA Chairman Farhand Iqbal directed the enforcement staff to launch the operation against the illegal buildings.

On the other hand, a newly constructed hotel situated at University Chowk in Narial was also demolished.

Protesting people tried to stop the enforcement vehicle by pelting it with stones and severely injured two inspectors, two supervisors and two security guards. Later on, police reached the spot and shifted the injured to Polyclinic Hospital. Continue reading

Roads worth Rs 39b to be constructed

Lahore Development Authority on Monday said that a budget of Rs 39 billion was approved for the development authority and its civic agencies city-wide for the years 2012-2013.
A budget of Rs 22.95 billion was approved for Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency for city-wide projects.

According to a report published in World Highways, around Rs 21.82 billion would be spend on traffic signal installations and maintenance, a rapid bus transit system, the first phase of the of Khayaban-i-Jinnah-Valencia Town road and an underpass at a railway crossing on the MS Ali Road. Continue reading

Housing ‘ghosts’ continue to haunt people

English: Location of Lahore, in Punjab.

English: Location of Lahore, in Punjab. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LAHORE – Bogus housing schemes have been looting billions of rupees from innocent people while the authorities concerned remain unconcerned, it has been learnt.

The failure on the part of City District Government and Lahore Development Authority to monitor private housing schemes, provide room to fraudsters to go into ‘disappearance with booty’.

“The departments concerned publish the lists of bogus housing schemes in newspapers, declaring them as illegal and giving advice to people to avoid purchase of plots there, after the owners of these bogus colonies disappear following their crime spree,” said Faheem, a victim of the illegal business. Though the CDG and the LDA pledge compensation and initiated legal actions, the illegal business booms.

“The government departments and agencies are responsible for promoting this unlawful activity whereby the land mafia loots the innocent citizens,” alleged Raheel, a victim of a scam of a private housing colony of a famous group of developers on Multan Road.

He said the developers are not showing the site plan of the announced second phase though they are bound to give possession of plot after the completion of two-year payment plan. “Like fraudsters, developers of genuine housing schemes have also been also deceiving people by either allotting or selling one file to more than one customer,” he alleged.

Najeeb Ahmad cited the example of the LDA Employees Housing Colony, saying that dozens of victims were awaiting compensation and justice. “They have made a complaint to the authorities concerned about the fraud, but to no avail,” he added. Continue reading

KMC to launch Bus Rapid Transport System

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency will be launching a Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) on two vehicular corridors of the city.

The proposed system would be launched under Karachi Transportation Improvement Project. The detail of the proposed system was divulged by the KMC Administrator, Muhammad Hussain Syed, to representatives of Japanese government during his ongoing visit of Bangkok for touring the offices of Japan External Trade Organisation.

In the first phase, the BRTS will be introduced on two vehicular corridors which will include the 21 kilometres long green-line corridor from Surjani Town to Jama Cloth Market via Nazimabad, Business Recorder Road and Guru Mandir. Continue reading

CDA decides to open 10 new sectors

View of Islamabad and Rawalpindi from Space, p...

View of Islamabad and Rawalpindi from Space, photgraph released by NASA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD  – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made a surprising decision to open 10 new sectors in the federal capital without planning and financial resources.

According to sources, these sectors were opened on the condition of land sharing but choice is also available for the partners to receive their share according to market rate.

This agency understands that C13, 14, 15, 16, D 13, F13, I 13, I 7and H 16 are the announced new sectors. The CDA paid the money of land to few influential persons and asked others to remain silent and told that due to financial crisis CDA is not in the position to pay dues to all people. It is worth mentioning here that CDA is not developing five sectors which were opened five years ago and even plots or land money are not given to owners. Continue reading

TMA special squad to remove encroachments

RAWALPINDI: Town Municipal Administration (TMA), Rawal Town, has formed a special demolition squad for removing illegal structures in the city.

The six-member squad, led by Municipal Building Inspector Abdul Qayyum Khan, will be supervised by Malik Saleem Naz.

Tehsil Municipal Officer (TMO) Chauhdry Liaquat Ali said that the increasing number of constructions without getting prior approval from TMA has forced the administration to take solid steps in this regard.

He warned the TMA officials to improve their performance otherwise stern action would be taken against those violating the rules. He said officials with bad reputation would not be tolerated.

He said that the TMA offices would soon be shifted in new building and the present building would be rented out to meet the expenses of the town administration. The TMO said that the promotion cases of the officials would be solved through service board.


CDA to build underpasses for pedestrians


After facing severe criticism from the residents over losses of several lives on high-speed avenues, the city fathers have woken up to build pedestrian underpasses in the city to ensure walkers’ safety.

The Capital Development Authority has decided to build two pedestrian underpasses under the Jinnah Avenue in Blue Area.

The CDA has invited Expression of Interest from the companies to build pedestrian underpasses. Continue reading

Liberty Park and RideL: Plaza Arrangements finalised for auction of 54 shops

LAHORE, May 6: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has finalized necessary arrangements for selling rest of the 54 shops of the Liberty Park and Ride Plaza on the main Boulevard in Gulberg through an open auction on May 15.
The LDA management has set up an information and registration office on the site to provide information to interested buyers/investors about the area, location, reserve price, shops auction procedure and other information.

At least 15 shops will be auctioned at lower ground floor, 19 at ground floor and 20 at the first floor. Restaurants at the first floor and on the rooftop will also be sold through an open bidding.

In case of any query the interested parties can contact the LDA on telephone number 042-35756364 or through website

Built at a cost of Rs677 million, the 11-storey plaza has been constructed on 3.17 kanal land with entrances on four sides. Apart from a facility of a stand-by generator, two capsule lifts have also been installed for facilitating visitors.

As many as 80 shops have been built in the basement, ground and first floor along with two restaurants on the first floor and on the rooftop. At least 26 shops have already been auctioned in the plaza.

The plaza has a capacity to park 308 cars. It is already operational and hundreds of people, including shoppers, visit and enjoy the state of the art facilities.

Safety and security of the people has been ensured at the plaza. The design includes open stairwells and ramps, security devices such as road blockers, car-scanners, CCTV, fire alarm and firefighting, audio/visual, emergency call buttons, potential hiding places such as underground open stairs, etc.

The parties interested in the auction of 54 remaining shops and restaurants will have to deposit an earnest money of Rs1 million for each shop, Rs3.5 million for the restaurant at first floor and Rs6.750 million for the restaurant on the rooftop of the plaza in the form of cash or pay order in favour of the LDA either before the date of auction at the plaza’s marketing office situated on the site or before the commencement of auction at the NBP’s booth at the LDA Community Center at 239-A (New Muslim Town).

The earnest money will, however, be refunded to unsuccessful bidders on the next day of auction. The highest/successful bidders of restaurants will have to deposit one-third amount of their total offered/accepted bidding money, inclusive of the earnest money at the time of auction or after seven days of the bid in the form of cash/pay order in favour of the LDA, failing which the earnest money deposited shall be forfeited by the LDA.

The successful bidders of shops shall have to deposit the two-third amount of the total offered/accepted price within 30 days of the approval of his bid by the competent authority.

However, the competent authority may allow 30 days extension in the payment timeframe provided the successful bidders submit an application for the same within seven days of the lapse of first 30 days and provide plausible justification for the delay.

The shops/restaurants will be auctioned on “as on where is basis”. The decision of the competent authority regarding the acceptance or rejection of the offered bids would be final.

The authority will make the best possible efforts to take the decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of the offered bids within 60 days of auction. The remaining terms and conditions can be read out at the time of auction and the successful bidders will be bound to accept the same.

The buyers will also deposit the advance money concerning tax/CVT (capital value tax) as per the government policy.

The auction proceedings will start at 10am by an LDA committee in the presence of media representatives to make the process transparent.


Federal capital in dire need of overhead bridges

M2 motorway between islamabad and lahore

M2 motorway between islamabad and lahore (Photo credit: manitoon)

Source: ISLAMABAD: The federal capital seems to be turning into a city of elite as the pedestrians’ right of overhead bridges has been ignored while wide and signal-free avenues are being developed to ensure uninterrupted traffic flow.

Those who face the brunt of this massive development are the pedestrians who are left to cross these signal-free avenues risking their lives because the motorists bother little about the rights or the safety of pedestrians. Continue reading

Lack of parking lots creates nuisance for commuters

ISLAMABAD  – Lack of proper parking facilities in most of the markets and shopping centres of the Federal Capital is creating nuisance for the commuters and the situation is worsening day by day with increasing number of vehicles.

The oldest and busiest business centres including Aabpara, Melody markets and Blue Area are worst hit which remain packed with vehicles throughout the day till late at night.

Encroachments, improper sewerage system and lack of parking plazas have turned these areas into ugly places with immense difficulties for shoppers and traders. Continue reading