ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Maroof Afzal, has directed extension of the sanitation services to the newly-established sectors of D-12, G-13 and G-14.
The direction was issued by the CDA chief to Member Engineering and Environment Sanaullah Aman on the demand of the residents of these sectors.
He directed the engineering and environment chief to make necessary arrangements for the collection and disposal of garbage from these sectors along with provision of other sanitation facilities to the residents.
The Punjab government has given task to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to complete the construction of four lane dual carriageway from LOS Ferozepur Road to Multan Road along Sumnabad Nullah by May 30, 2014.
LDA, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), SNGPL and Telecommunication departments have been given timeframe to complete their work within the stipulated period for the timely completion of Rs 3.2 billion project.
KARACHI: “Bahria Town may serve as some competition but DHA City is in a league of its own,” said Defence Housing Authority‘s (DHA) public relations officer and spokesman retired Col Rafat Naqvi at the Sunset Club here on Tuesday.
He was replying to questions from the media at his farewell lunch. Having joined in Sept 2002, he is retiring after over 11 years. Former DG Rangers PRO Major Orangzeb Unar will take over from him while Ayesha Chaudhry and Narjis Sultan will also be part of the new team. Col Naqvi will continue to be associated with the DHA Central Library till April.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has not been able to recover Rs4.51 billion on account of lease extension fee, annual ground rent and other taxes of commercial plots whose lease period had expired.
The auditor general’s report released recently has pointed out that the CDA Estate Management Directorate leased out commercial plots in various sectors for a period of 33 years. The audit found that the lease period of commercial plots allotted before 1979 had already expired. Upon expiry, these lease agreements have not been extended after recovering due lease extension charges from allottees and beneficiaries. “This resulted in non-recovery of Rs4.51 billion on account of lease extension fee, annual ground rent and other taxes,” the report said.
The audit maintains that non-recovery on account of lease extension fee was due to different revenue-recognition policies, disregard to the rules and regulations and internal controls.
Contrary to the policy of the Punjab government, building bye-laws are being violated in different localities of the city, especially Satellite Town, allegedly in connivance with the municipal officials and building authorities.
The big plots, meant for single unit construction, in E-Block, 4th-B Road and around the Holy Family Hospital, have been divided into plots of four to ten marlas and houses built in sheer violation of the building bye-laws. Mumtaz Shah, a resident of E-Block, said such houses, hundreds in number, were being built without approval of the authorities concerned.
He alleged that the civic authorities seemed to be hand in glove as they had turned a blind eye to the illegal construction of small houses on big-sized plots. Another resident Hafeez Khan urged the civic authorities to launch an operation against the violators of bylaws, besides initiating stern action against their corrupt officials.
When contacted, sources in the Rawal Town Municipal Administration said legal action would be taken against the violators and the staff found involved in corrupt practices. Continue reading