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Lack of funds halts Rawalpindi uplift projects

Rawalpindi

Punjab government has not yet released funds, as announced in the budget 2012-13 for completion of ongoing development projects, therefore work on all projects has been stopped in the Rawalpindi district.

The situation in Cantonment areas is quite bad because roads even in posh localities particularly Harley Street, Range Road, Misriyal Road, Tahli Morri, Al-Mumtaz Colony, Bokra Road, and Qasim Market are in dilapidated condition and the residents are continuously facing difficult situation.

A survey conducted by ‘The News’ revealed that majority of roads in Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Asghar Mall, Pirwadhai, Dhoke Mangtal, Adiala Road, Chak Beli Khan, Kallar Syedan, Rawat, Chattha, Taxila, Kahuta, Sagri and several other areas are also in dilapidated condition.

When this scribe contacted District Officer (DO) Roads and Highway Sub-Division, Rawalpindi, Malik Liaquat Ali Khan, he said that Punjab government has released funds to different cities of the province, but not to Rawalpindi district. “Last time, Punjab government released funds in July and we completed work on different projects on time,” he said. He admitted that majority of roads in the city and rural areas were broken and in bad condition due to non-availability of funds. He also said that they don’t have funds even to fill up the ditches on roads. Continue reading

E-12 development nowhere in sight

ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has failed to fulfill a promise made before the Supreme Court (SC) for early acquisition of sector E-12 from its current owners as the residential sector is in limbo for over 25 years, Dawn has learnt.

Sector E-12 residential unit was launched in 1970s to provide around 5,000 housing units to citizens.

Soon the land acquisition began and sale of plots was announced in 1984.

According to documents made available to Dawn Nayyar Manzoor a senior citizen has sent an application in January 2010 to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.

The apex court took up the matter in September 2010 taking notice over CDA’s failure to develop sector E-12.

Nayyar Manzoor to whom the plot was allotted to, told Dawn on Saturday: “I have paid around Rs1.2 million to the authority since 1990 and it was through balloting that I was allotted a corner plot measuring around 500 square yards but it was never allotted to me in all these years.”

The petitioner requested for possession of a plot allotted to him in sector E-12 by CDA for early construction.

However, despite allotment made in 1987, he was yet to get a letter of possession for the plot.

Brig (retired) Rehman Abbasi is also holding a 1000 square yard plot in sector E-12, saying: “I have paid all the dues to the authority as per their demands but it was wastage of money since I have no home because of CDA’s poor management to takeover the land and announce an award for the locals holding the land and clear it from any adverse or illegal possession.”

Like Mr Manzoor and Brig (retired) Rehman, over 5000 people were still waiting for the possession of a land for which they have already paid CDA.

After the court’s directives issued to CDA in September 2010, ordering the authority to submit a progress report over sector E-12, the deputy director rehabilitation on behalf of CDA, through cabinet division, ensured the apex court that in a span of a month’s time (November 2010) after completion of a few formalities, CDA will start paying the compensation to the effected landowners.

“CDA has also assured that Rs10 million will be issued to member estate for payment to the land owners, so to start development work,” said one official of the authority.He said that despite all the assurances given to the apex court, CDA’s successive managements ignored the court decision and the matter is still in limbo.

According to the document, CDA’s management has assured in writing to the court: “To get the land award finalised. Action will be completed in a month’s time.”

The Capital Development Authority management promised to the court, saying: “A dedicated team of officers be constituted which should pursue this issue on emergency basis, with landowners and to ensure payment of compensation to effected landowners, thus retrieving the possession of land at the earliest possible.”

Chairman CDA to personally monitor working of this team and also furnish a fortnightly report to the cabinet division,” maintained the authority in its commitment given to the court. Continue reading

CDA committed to making Islamabad ‘green city’

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal said on Friday that CDA is taking solid steps to make Islamabad a “green city” and media should educate people about plantation so that a healthy environment could be provided to residents of the city.

“About 500,000 saplings are being planted during the ongoing monsoon season,” he said after planting a sapling in Media Town.

During this plantation drive, Iqbal added, CDA is focusing on planting local plants. The CDA chairman said the authority would provide technical support for the development of Media Town. Responding to the demand of providing residential facilities to journalists, Iqbal assured that CDA would chalk out a comprehensive plan so that people associated to the media might be provided with quality living facilities. 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

Infrastructure: Work on Multan Road might begin in July

LAHORE: 

Repair of Multan Road’s Section 3, Phase-2  – from Scheme Mor to Chauburji- may begin this month, Project Director Sabir Khan Sadozai said on Tuesday.

The work originally scheduled to begin on the completion of widening and improvement of the road from Thokhar Niaz Beg to Scheme Mor in October 2011, was brought to a halt by lack of funds.

Sadozai said the government has now approved Rs873 million for a scaled down project.

Talking about a tentative date for the initiation of the project, Sadozai said, it was still early to say when road work could start as Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and the Revenue Department had yet to submit their assessment of the revised project. He said the reports were likely to be available in two weeks.

Sources in Project Management Unit (PMU) claim that carpeting of the road will not cause traffic congestion.

While the road will only be repaired for the time being, PMU officials say Rs300 million will be required if the government decides to expand it.

Work to improve and repair Multan Road began in October 2009.

The 7.3 km road from Thokar Niaz Beg to Scheme Mor (Section 1) was completed in October 2011 at a cost of Rs1.5 billion out of the Rs2,13 billion allocated for the whole project.

Pre-planning for the BRTS

The renovation of the 3.7 kilometres road will be followed by installation of pillars for a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) running from Chowk Yateem Kahana to Samanbad Mor.

Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik told The Express Tribune that BRTS will be run from Thokar Niaz Beg till Scheme Mor on a road corridor and from Scheme Mor to Chauburji on an elevated lane.

Communication and Works Chief Engineer Munawwar Bashir told The Tribune that up to 15-foot land will be acquired at some places along the stretch.

He said that the Water and Sanitation Agency will expand the adjacent drain from 1.8 metres to 4.5 metres for installation of pillars for the bridge.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2012. Continue reading

DHA plots not yet allotted

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

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AN ongoing practice at the Defence Housing Authority Lahore has been badly affecting residents since the past five years. Defence Housing Authority Lahore transferred hundreds of files for (ex)-Park View Housing Society now supposed to be a part of DHA Phase 8 Lahore during a span of the past eight years.

However, no ballot has taken place to date. When the authorities concerned at the DHA are asked about the allocation of plots, officials says that there is no land left in phase 8 to be allocated. File prices have dropped consequently from Rs2.5 million to Rs1.6 million as a result of the mishandling and careless attitude of the DHA. Continue reading

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Shahbaz Sharif in Ashiana Housing Scheme Faisalabad

Nawaz Sharif meets envoy

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FAISALABAD (September 4, 2011) : Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the gulf between the privileged and deprived class in the country had expanded to unprecedented levels. He added the country had so far been ruled by an elite consisting of army generals, judges and politicians. The nexus, he said, had deprived the majority of the country’s population of basic services such as education, healthcare and affordable housing. Continue reading

Rufi Dream Land – a project by Rufi Properties

Located at minutes drive from NIPA roundabout in the vicinity of rapidly developing residential area near to ABUL HASSAN ISPHANI road , providing that extra feeling of security. The Bungalows comprising single storeys and one units on 120, 150, 200 and 240 Sq. Yds. are planned with different sets of families in mind. Be it a small family or joint family.Rufi Dream Land

A great number of residents from all over the areas are shifting to scheme.33 for residential purpose due to its added attractions. They are desirous to settle in the area as it will certainly appear to be one of the posh areas of Karachi in the near future. This project is also known as Rufi Dreamland Bungalows by some agents. Continue reading

Rufi Green Land – a project by Rufi Properties

Located at minutes drive from NIPA roundabout in the vicinity of rapidly developing residential area near to ABUL HASSAN ISPHANI road , providing that extra feeling of security. The Bungalows comprising single storeys and one units on 120, 150, 200 and 240 Sq. Yds. are planned with different sets of families in mind. Be it a small family or joint family.

A great number of residents from all over the areas are shifting to scheme.33 for residential purpose due to its added attractions. They are desirous to settle in the area as it will certainly appear to be one of the posh areas of Karachi in the near future. Continue reading