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No New Posts   CDA gets vacated land for D-12 Service Road South

October 2, 2011

Islamabad, September 25, 2011: On the direction of Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, CDA Enforcement has got vacated the land meant for Service Road South of the Sector D-12, which was in adverse possession. Director General Planning, Ghulam Sarwar Sindhu led the force to got vacated the land from adverse possession and pave the way for construction of Service Road South, Sector D-12 as the Engineering Wing of the Authority started the development work immediately.

Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi visited the site and directed for expediting the development activities in the Sector D-12, especially laying the gas pipeline and electricity system. Chairman CDA directed that the development activities be completed on war-footing basis to facilitate the allottees. He said that the construction of houses is in full swing in the dream sector D-12, which is a very encouraging sign. He said that the remaining work in the Sector D-12 be completed at the earliest and all the services to the allottees by provided including gas and electricity connections.

Chairman CDA appreciated the efforts of Enforcement Directorate for vacating the land not only for the Service Roads and gas supply line but also some of the areas, which were meant for plots. He said that all the hindrances have been eradicated and the pace of construction of the houses would be increased. He directed the Enforcement Directorate to actively monitor the activities and set up pickets to restrain the oppressors in future.

Imitaz Inayat Elahi said that Sector D-12 has beautiful view and boost in development activities would further enhance its beauty. He said that auction of plots for construction of the commercial centres have already been initiated, which would help boost the business activities in the area. Chairman CDA also directed Environment Wing to plant indigenous trees along the avenues, developed parks and improve the green belts of the Sector D-12 to further beautify it. 
  
Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has directed the relevant directorates to accomplish the work without any delay. 
He also asked the Enforcement Directorate to ensure constant vigilance to keep the encroachers away from the CDA land those had been occupying the land since long. 
As the plot owners have already started constructing their homes, the CDA is carrying out plantation across the sector. 
The civic body has already auctioned commercial plots in the sector for development of commercial area.

No New Posts   Dualization of F-11 Service Road (West)

October 2, 2011

Islamabad, September 15, 2011: The Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has said that the authority committed to provide basic civic amenities and quality infrastructure to the residents of the Federal Capital in its available sources.

He said this on the occasion of ground breaking ceremony of dualization of Service Road (West) and necessary repair / maintenance work of existing road in Sector F-11 here on Thursday. All board members of CDA and officers of the concerned formation were also present in the ceremony.

Member Engineering, Syed Ibrar Hussain Shah apprised Chairman CDA that the project would be completed within a year at the cost of Rs 85 million including its drainage system.

The Chairman CDA, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said that F-11 Service Road (West) would be beneficial for the residents Sector F-11 as well as for adjacent sectors. He directed the concerned formations to ensure timely completion of the project with quality.

The Chairman CDA said that instead of mega project, authority has been paying heed to upgrade basic services in the existing sectors of the city during the current fiscal year.

No New Posts   CDA’s lease issue

October 2, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Though Capital Development Authority (CDA) is mulling to lease out another 28 acres of land to most controversial “The Gun and Country Club”, according to Islamabad Land Disposal Regulations the land can only be handed over to the club administration through auction, Daily Times learnt on Thursday. The 33 years lease of 145 acres of land in the use of club has been expired, but Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) could not get it extended due to non-confirming activities of the club on this land. The land on which Gun Club is situated was originally allotted to PSB for Sports Complex, but PSB subleased it to a private entity in clear violation of the CDA rules.

The land of the Gun Club is being used for the commercial purposes. Recently, a project of marriage hall on this land in violation of CDA rules was also under discussion, it is learnt. According to sources, in 1977 CDA handed over 145 acres of land to PSB and charged Rs 7,36,600 (Rs 5,060 per acre) for 33 years lease. In the master plan 44 acres of land was marked for shooting range, but PSB instead of developing a shooting range gave this land to a private entity and it is being used for commercial purposes. As the lease expired in 2010 and it could have been renewed on new terms and conditions, but according to CDA rules it could not be renewed due to non-confirming use of land.

Requesting not to be named, an officer of CDA said that on June 18, 2011, CDA Board had principally decided that they would handover the land to the Gun Club against Rs 1 million per acre. He alleged that Gun Club’s administrator Faisal Sakhi Butt was considered very close to a political personality and he was blackmailing CDA. He said it was decided that land would be handed over to the club, which is clear violation of Article 184(3) of Islamabad Land Disposal Regulation, which says that land which has to be used for the commercial purposes can only be allotted through auction and handing over the land without advertisement is clear violation of the rules.

An officer of the PSB said that land being used for the Gun Club was meant for Sports Complex, but it was subleased to a private entity and it is being used for commercial purposes. He said the club’s administration was doing a drama and pretending that it is a semi-government organization. There is a lot of difference between a shooting range and a club, he said, adding, it seems a group of influential has been playing with the rules and molding them according to their convenience.

No New Posts   Housing Ministry starts new business of forced evictions, allotments

October 2, 2011

ISLAMABAD: An influential group in Ministry of Housing and Works has started a new business of getting vacated houses form the allottees by force without giving notice and handing them over to the new allottees for Rs 3,00,000 to 5,00,000 each. To get the houses vacated by force gangsters have been called from Sargodha and Jhang and as soon as the Housing Ministry gets vacated a house a group of gangsters enters the house and hands it over to new allottee, Daily Times learnt on Wednesday. Sources said in many cases locks of the houses were broken in the absence of occupants and goods were shifted to Estate Office or police station and there is a possibility that people would complain that their goods had been stolen. Ministry of Housing, which was the most favorite ministry for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in the past, has been now handed over to Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). Although there was corruption in the past, now the situation has further worsened and general citizens are suffering, it is learnt.

According to sources, while Saieed Ramzan was holding charge of Estate Officer along with Deputy Secretary (DS) he had allegedly allotted houses to people and even former state minister Raza Hayat Hiraj had showed his concerns when he came to know that Saieed allotted the houses and apartments after the office timing and used Joint Secretary (JS) MB Awan. While using an accommodation in Gilgit-Baltistan House, with the approval of the JS he also managed to get allot a suite in Gulshan-e-Jinnah vide allotment letter vide F.No.FS.8/21-FSC/E-IV dated 6th of August 2011.

For the last 15 days the Ministry of Housing and Estate Office have started an operation in sector G-11 on the pretext of getting vacated houses rented out by allottees, said the sources, adding, so far over 20 apartments have been gotten vacated by the team comprising gangsters from Sargodha and Jhang, police officials and an inspector of Estate Office. They said the ministry had started operation on the pretext of complaints against renting out of the apartments. They said the ministry after canceling the allotments of apartments was allotting them to new persons. They said some apartments were locked and team of officials and private persons broke the locks and shifted the household items to Shalimar Police Station or Estate Office.

Sources said DS Admin Saieed Ramzan belonged to Jhang and Minister had especially transferred him from Lahore to the Housing Ministry. They said another person very active in the operation was Director Malik Iqbal who belonged to Sargodha and calling gangsters from Jhang and Sargodha made a sense. They said Deputy Director Nauman Shah was also behind the operation and JS MB Awan had been silent on it, which shows that he has given its approval. An officer of the Ministry requesting not to be named said that high-ups of the Ministry had started allotment by allegedly taking Rs 3,00,000 to 5,00,000 for each house or apartment and give assurance to the allottee that they would manage possession to him. According to rules whenever Estate Office comes to know that some allottee has rented out the house, a notice should be send to him, but presently the team has been doing operation without issuing any notice, said the sources.

Recently five flats of category V located in Block 56-B sector G-11 have been got vacated by force. On Tuesday the team entered apartment No 1 of Block 5 in which a female was residing and threw the goods outside the house. The team also tortured the female due to which over 150 persons protested against the operation and alleged that the operation was being conducted for money and to accommodate the close-ones. They said how private persons were being used in the operation and if they hurt some one or stole the precious things, who will be responsible for that.

Malik Iqbal has reputation of working with the minister for housing, said the sources, adding, he was CDA Director Revenue and when the minister got the charge of Environment Ministry he went there and also remained in Ministry of Interior and now he has been appointed as Director Coordination in Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) and attached with the minister. Deputy Director Numan Shah’s parent organization is National Assembly and he was appointed as Speech Editor but he got appointed as FGEHF DD Coordination and became staff officer of the minister. Both Iqbal and Numan have got allotted apartments of PHA on concessional rates, which shows their influence in the Ministry.

Minister of Housing and Works Faisal Saleh Hayat is likely to return from abroad today (Thursday) and Federal Secretary Kamran Lashari was supposed to come on Wednesday night. Sources said that now it was up to them whether they handle the affairs of the ministry or not, as JS MB Awan had failed to address the complaints of citizens and controlling the corruption.

No New Posts   FIA gets warrants for search of suspects’ houses

September 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday submitted investigation report about Kurri land scam in court which stated that former Director Land and Rehabilitation Waseem Shamshad Ali, Assistant Director Revenue Mian Aftab Ahmed and Assistant /Admin Officer Land and Rehabilitation Directorate Asghar Ali and others Capital Development (CDA) officials were allegedly involved in the scam. FIA also got warrants for search of the houses of five Kuri land scam accused from the court of Senior Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon in which the report was submitted. The Judge allowed FIA to search the houses of Kuri land scam accused and directed investigation agency after search of houses submit the seized items report in court.

These include houses of Shamshad, Deputy Director Abdul Rasheed, Shamshad, Assistant Director Technical Malik Mumtaz, Sub-Engineer Khalid Khokhar, CDA Assistant Director Revenue Mian Aftab Ahmed, Naib Tehsildar Ghulam Ali, Gardawar Ghaniur Rehman and Patwari Shahid Mehmood against whom the FIR was registered. The report stated that former director Land Rehabilitation and CDA altered the procedure of allotment of plots to the affecttees, approved by the Chairman CDA on September 1, 2010 consequent to which he issued hundreds of allotment letters without maintaining necessary record like, demolishing certificate, eligibility of awardees and cash compensation with the connivance of Rasheed, the then Acting Deputy Director, the then acting officer.

According to document Shamshad issued 1,500 allotment letters in 2010 upon the technical reports submitted by Malik Mumtaz and Khalid Khokhar without having physical verification at the spot due to which more than Rs 1.5 Billion in the shape of allotments of plots occurred to general public and the national ex-chequer. Patwari Shahid Mehmood entered hundreds of fake and bogus BUP’s and fake affecttees in list with the connivance of Aftab, Naib Tehsildar Ghulam Ali, Gardawar Ghaniur Rehman and other CDA officials. Meanwhile the accused Shamshad took the embossing seal and dispatched register from office to his residence and issued 1222 illegal allotment letters of residential plots with the connivance of the above mentioned accused persons and causing wrongful loss to CDA.

The CDA chairman also revealed that in his absence Shamshad had issued 500 allotment letters of residential plots in a single day followed by another 1,000 the very next day. A total of 3,961 allotment letters were issued of which more than 2,400 did not have the approval. The complaints about the fake entries in the award list were lodged with the office of chairman CDA, members Estate and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after which all the allotment letters were cancelled. In that scam alleged persons show 4,500 affecttees instead of 1,000 and Rs 800 million were fixed to give them for compensation. Later the CDA approved the plan to set up ‘Kuri Model Village’ measuring 30x60 feet and 30x70 feet to accommodate the local residents who would be displaced because of the upcoming landfill and compost plant project to be set up in Kuri in the federal capital.

Later Shamshad was removed from the CDA. Last year after being accused of allotting hundreds of fake plots in a compensation package given to villagers of Kuri, where the CDA acquired their land for developing a model village. The cabinet division had sent its report on the scam to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani who ordered suspension of the director land.

Source: [Daily Times]

No New Posts   ICT admin decides to make public G-14 record in 15 days

September 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD: On continuously highlighting the issues of sector G-14 by the Daily Times, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has finally decided to make public the list of affectees and the compensation amount to them by putting data on the website within 15 days. Besides, allottees of the plots in sector have also been taken into confidence and given assurance that they would be given access to all relevant documents and if any officer would create hurdle in giving information he would be sacked, Daily Times learnt on Wednesday. Encroachers will not be given a single penny from Build-up-Property (BUP) award and it can be suggested to depute Rangers to stop further encroachments and demolish the existing encroachments as federal police have been totally failed to ensure implementation of section 144, said the sources.

As number of officers of Ministry of Housing, ICT administration and federal police, who are beneficiary of encroachments and eying on compensation amount, will create hurdle in implementation of these decisions, it is learnt. According to reliable sources, development of sector G-14 could not be started for last seven years due to which both affectees and allottees of sector G-14’s sub sector 1, 2 and 3 have been suffering.

An officer of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) requesting not to be named said that the sector was announced in 2002 and award of the sector was announced in 2004 and payment of the land was given to the affectees, but BUP award could not be announced. Later on in 2008 ICT administration handed over 2,400 kanals of land (which was 60 % of the total land) to FGEHF and it was decided that development of the sector would be started soon. Almost four years have been passed but development of the sector could not be started due to which people encroached on 400 kanals of land and at the moment FGEHF has hold on 2000 kanals of land. Still 2000 kanals of land has been taken into supervision since 1990 because in Kuri FGEHF has only 50 kanals of land in possession.

Sources further said that a delegation of allottees headed by a retired additional secretary of Cabinet Division on Wednesday met with an officer of ICT administration and it was decided that Acquisition Branch of the ICT will be accountable to allottees and whatever is paid to the affectees will be made public and within 15 days names, identity card numbers and accounts of the affectees who are over 6,000 will be put on a website. After launch of the website the allottees will be able to get information in this regard through internet. There are some reservations of FGEHF in this regard and to sort out the issue a meeting of ICT administration and FGEHF will be held on Thursday (today).

Allottees have said that they should know that where their amount was being spent and for that FGEHF should also be accountable. In meeting with the allottees it has been decided that there should be total transparency in the project and each and every document will be made available for the allottees and if any officer will make hurdle in giving information to allottees he will be sacked. An officer of ICT administration said a letter had been sent to Ministry of Finance that amount allocated for the Sector G-14 and other residential projects should be kept in National Bank of Pakistan and profit on that amount should be given to the allottees because they had paid the amount and waiting for possession of plots for so many years and still it is not clear that after how much time they will get the possession of the plots. So far Ministry of Finance has not given any reply, he said.

Source: [Daily Times]

No New Posts   Ministry officials mint Rs 60m in PHA apartments’ project

September 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) had launched project of the apartments in sector G-10 and G-11 to earn money and reduce burden on the exchequer, as government has been facing severe financial crunch, but over 30 officers of authority and Ministry of Housing and Work’s ancillary departments have got allotted these apartments on concessional rates in violation of rules causing a loss of Rs 60 million to PHA. This situation has caused resentment among those who purchased these apartments on rates mentioned in the brochures, as the officers have got allotted the apartments at Rs 2 million less rates. The allotment of the apartments to officers in clear violation of the rules is resulting in unrest among other officers who are demanding that the concession should be waived off and allottees should be instructed to deposit the remaining payment to stop further corruption, it is learnt.

According to reliable sources, during tenure of caretaker government Federal Minister for Housing and Works Lala Nisar inaugurated the project of apartments in sector G-10 and G-11. According to the broachers rates of apartments of G-10 were Rs 3 to 3.5 million and rates of G-11 apartments were Rs 5 to 5.5 million. It was decided that project will be purely commercial and officers of the Ministry and its ancillary departments will not be eligible to their allotment, but till now over 30 officers have got allotted those apartments against Rs 2.9 million each and some of them have sold these for Rs 5 million and earned up to Rs 2 million profit.

They said former secretary Muhammad Ali, DG Land Col Suba Sadique who had come from NAB, DG Progress Management Athar Nawaz Malik, Tanvir, Deputy Director (DD) Shafique, PS to Managing Director (MD) Shahid, Hasnain who had come on deputation from the government of Punjab, former PHA MD (presently Chief Secretary Sindh) Raja Muhammad Abbas and PHA’s former DG Land Hamid Ali Khan (currently Additional Secretary Water and Power) were also beneficiary of these apartments.

Recently PHA MD Rasool Baksh Palpoto and PHA Director Land Dr Naveed have got allotted apartments in sector G-11 for Rs 2.9 million each and FGEHF DD Coordination Nouman Shah, who has been attached with the Minister for Housing and Works has got allotted an apartment in sector G-10 for Rs 1.9 million, whereas the actual price of the apartment was Rs 3.5 million. Sources said that previously Shah was got allotted a plot in sector G-13, which he later managed to transfer in I-8 and sold it for Rs 12.7 million. FGEHF Director Coordination Malik Iqbal has also got allotted an apartment in sector G-10.

An officer of the Ministry working as a DG requesting not to be named said that there was corruption worth billions of rupees in PHA, but it was surprising that the PHA had not prepared any policy for the employees. He said that Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) had made criteria that employees having one and half years experience in the organization can get the plot but in PHA there are examples that officers came and within a few months got allotted apartments and went back. He said that priority had to be given to the employees who got retired in 2008 and would get retired till 2013 but it could not be implemented.

He said that Rs 200 each membership fee was collected from federal employees in 2007 and 2008 but they could not get any benefit. Federal secretaries get the plots from Prime Minister but there are so many additional and joint secretaries and other officers who are in a queue and there is no hope that they will ever get the plot or apartment, he said. An other officer said that some other influential officers were also interested in allotment of apartments due to which they have demanded a report about the vacant and cancelled apartments from PHA and it has been decided that they will also avail the facility of concessional rates.

Allottees mulling option to move court against concession to officers: Owners of the apartments of G-10 and G-11 said that they paid amount mentioned in the brochures, but now they have come to know that PHA has been selling those apartments to their officers at less rates and the officers are selling the apartments in the market at less rates decreasing market value of the apartments. They said there should be a uniform policy for allotment and at least they should have been informed by PHA before selling the apartments that in future those apartments will be sold at less rates. They said they reserved the right to go in the court regarding that matter.

Source: [Daily Times]

No New Posts   ICT admin decides to make public G-14 record in 15 days

September 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD: On continuously highlighting the issues of sector G-14 by the Daily Times, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has finally decided to make public the list of affectees and the compensation amount to them by putting data on the website within 15 days.

Besides, allottees of the plots in sector have also been taken into confidence and given assurance that they would be given access to all relevant documents and if any officer would create hurdle in giving information he would be sacked, Daily Times learnt on Wednesday.

Encroachers will not be given a single penny from Build-up-Property (BUP) award and it can be suggested to depute Rangers to stop further encroachments and demolish the existing encroachments as federal police have been totally failed to ensure implementation of section 144, said the sources.

As number of officers of Ministry of Housing, ICT administration and federal police, who are beneficiary of encroachments and eying on compensation amount, will create hurdle in implementation of these decisions, it is learnt.

According to reliable sources, development of sector G-14 could not be started for last seven years due to which both affectees and allottees of sector G-14’s sub sector 1, 2 and 3 have been suffering.

An officer of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) requesting not to be named said that the sector was announced in 2002 and award of the sector was announced in 2004 and payment of the land was given to the affectees, but BUP award could not be announced. Later on in 2008 ICT administration handed over 2,400 kanals of land (which was 60 % of the total land) to FGEHF and it was decided that development of the sector would be started soon. Almost four years have been passed but development of the sector could not be started due to which people encroached on 400 kanals of land and at the moment FGEHF has hold on 2000 kanals of land. Still 2000 kanals of land has been taken into supervision since 1990 because in Kuri FGEHF has only 50 kanals of land in possession.

Sources further said that a delegation of allottees headed by a retired additional secretary of Cabinet Division on Wednesday met with an officer of ICT administration and it was decided that Acquisition Branch of the ICT will be accountable to allottees and whatever is paid to the affectees will be made public and within 15 days names, identity card numbers and accounts of the affectees who are over 6,000 will be put on a website. After launch of the website the allottees will be able to get information in this regard through internet. There are some reservations of FGEHF in this regard and to sort out the issue a meeting of ICT administration and FGEHF will be held on Thursday (today).

Allottees have said that they should know that where their amount was being spent and for that FGEHF should also be accountable. In meeting with the allottees it has been decided that there should be total transparency in the project and each and every document will be made available for the allottees and if any officer will make hurdle in giving information to allottees he will be sacked.

An officer of ICT administration said a letter had been sent to Ministry of Finance that amount allocated for the Sector G-14 and other residential projects should be kept in National Bank of Pakistan and profit on that amount should be given to the allottees because they had paid the amount and waiting for possession of plots for so many years and still it is not clear that after how much time they will get the possession of the plots. So far Ministry of Finance has not given any reply, he said.

No New Posts   New Islamabad International Airport to be operational by 2014: CAA

September 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD : The New Islamabad International Airport, located in Fateh Jang Tehsil of Attock District some 30 km southwest of the Federal Capital, is expected to be completed and operational by 2014.
According to a spokesman of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) here on Tuesday, a Chinese company and Frontier Works Organization (WFO) are working round the clock to complete construction of passengers terminals buildings before the deadline.
Talking to APP, he said the new airport will replace the existing one,
Benazir Bhutto International Airport located in Chaklala.
At present, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport is handling 18
airlines, adding, most of the international commercial flights are operated at morning time which cause rush and delays.
He, however, expressed the confidence that the new airport spread over
3,600-acre would not only serve the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but also the adjoining provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Estimated to cost about $400 million, the new airport facility, which is the first green-field airport in Pakistan, would comprise a contemporary state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, control tower, runway with a provision of a secondary runway, taxiways, apron, cargo complex, and hangar together with all the necessary infrastructure and ancillary facilities. The new airport would cater to the requirements of latest generation of modern passenger aircraft. He said the new airport will have a modular design to handle 6.5 million passengers per annum and 80,000 metric tonnes cargo per annum. Being a new airport, a significant portion of the land has been earmarked for commercial purposes such as duty-free shops, hotel and convention centre, air malls, business centre, food courts, leisure and recreational facilities. The new airport is envisaged to be a modern landmark structure symbolic to represent twenty-first century Pakistan, as it will be the diplomatic and business gateway to Pakistan through the Capital City of Islamabad. Responding to a question regarding security mess at Benazir Bhutto
International Airport, he said, all the international passengers are required to report at the airport before four hours of their flights while the domestic passengers are advised to reach before two hours to avoid rush and delays.
He, however, pointed out that most of the passengers do not follow these guidelines and instruction issued by the airlines and come at the eleventh hours and as a result they are unable to clear the Anti Narcotics Forces, Customs, Immigration Departments checking.
The Spokesman said a lot of friends and relative accompany the passengers to see them off at the airport which also cause an unnecessary rush. He said a tax of Rs.20 per person was imposed for the entry of friends and relatives of passengers to avoid disorder and mess within airport premises but this arrangement has not worked to completely resolve the issue.

No New Posts   CDA all set to launch Margalla Enclave

September 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In continuation of its moneymaking ventures to get the cash-starved civic body out of financial crises, the Capital Development Authority is going to lunch Margalla Enclave, a small housing colony, in Sector E-11.

 

It seems good days are awaiting the authority, as it is expecting to generate much more than 57 percent of approximately Rs6 billion, a cooperative housing society has promised as Authority’s share in result of development and consequently sale of 54 acres in northern strip of Sector E-11 under a joint venture.

 

The housing colony will be developed on the same area, the Authority has taken back recently from the control of a cooperative housing society, Multi Professional Cooperative Housing Society (MPCHS), in pursuance of Apex Court’s decision.

 

CDA plans to avail, at first, the balloting option to sale out some 70 residential plots each measuring approximately 500 square yards and some slightly above in area. While in second phase 15-20 residential plots will be sold through open auction, while the auction of commercial plots held in third phase. The price, Authority has decided for residential plot measuring 500 square yards, is Rs15 million, with 30 percent as down payment while rest in six equal instalments. CDA has made some slight changes in layout plan of 54-acre stretch of land by decreasing commercial area owing to ongoing downward trend in real estate market, specifically of commercial land. While residential area has been increased to get some good inputs. According to an earlier layout plan of 54-acre stretch of land in northern strip, 47.58-kanal of land was reserved for the residential plots, 112.05-kanal for high rise and medium rise apartment plots, 29.86-kanal for commercial plots, 70.51-kanal for institutional and 27.28-kanal for the establishment of education and health facilities, 127.21-kanal for roads and 16.64-kanal for parks and open spaces. Earlier, under a joint venture agreement (JVA), the project was given to MPCHS in 2008 and Supreme Court took suo moto notice after media reports alleged, irregularities in the award of the contract to the society.

 

CDA had already taken over the project in the light of apex court directions and decided to sale out commercial and residential plots in Northern Strip in Sector E-11.


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No New Posts   Murree Road Flyover to launch next month: Commissioner

September 1, 2011

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RAWALPINDI: Several development projects including flyover on Rawal Road Chowk and Chandni Chowk on Murree Road to be launched next month aimed at providing maximum facilities to the citizens.

The Punjab government is making allout efforts and using available resources to start new development projects and special grants and packages are being given by the Chief Minister Punjab said Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed said this while talking to APP.

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif would lay foundation stone of a flyover next month, to be constructed on Rawal Road Chowk and Chandni Chowk on Benazir Bhutto Road.

The project would be completed at a cost of Rs 830 million while an underpass would also be built with more than Rs 520 million at Chor chowk on Peshawar RoadRawalpindi which would also be started next month.

Under second phase, another flyover would be constructed at Sixth Road Chowk on Murree Road while, up-gradation and improvement of Murree Road from Naz Cinema to Fifth Road Chowk would also be made.

He said that hefty amounts were being spent for the development of Rawalpindi city.

Performance-wise Rawalpindi division was at third position among all the divisions of the province during last year as several development projects were completed and a number of new ones had been identified for the current year, he added.

The Commissioner said that under the 'big city' package of Chief Minister Punjab, several development projects to be started during current financial year.

He said another project to widen MareerRailwayBridge by 20 feet, to give way to the traffic of Liaquat Bagh to Kutchary Chowk, would also be undertaken.

The project has been included in Annual Development Programme (ADP) while its PC-1 is being prepared, he said.

Zahid Saeed said that after construction of Rawal Chowk and Chandni Chowk flyover at Murree Road, another flyover onSixth Road would also be started so that the road from BenazirBhuttoHospital to Faizabad could be made signal free.

To a question he said allout efforts were being made by the Punjab government to start Ring Road project which would cost Rs 70 billion and foreign funding for the project was being arranged.

Talks were underway with China and Turkey in that regard, he added.

He further said that the Punjab government had allocated Rs 34 million each for every MNAs and MPAs of the province while an additional grant of Rs 8 million was also allocated for MPAs under which various development projects would be started.

Under the provincial grants, different projects of education, roads and water supply will be completed, he said adding, the schemes have been identified. Several tenders have also been advertized in newspapers.

The commissioner said efforts are being made to award contracts of projects to the contractors so that construction work could be started next month and the projects could be completed within stipulated timeframe.

Zahid Saeed said that a cardiac hospital being constructed in Rawalpindi would be functional this year as 90 percent work of the building has been completed. Machinery and other equipments for the hospital are being purchased, he added.

He said the foundation stone of Institute of Urology Project, to be built at the cost of Rs 2 billion near 6th Road would also be laid by the Punjab Chief Minister soon.

Another Women and ChildHospital project near Committee Chowk which would cost Rs500 million would also be started this year, he added.

He said this year, several other projects including Kuri Road, Road project from Transformer Chowk which links the area with Islamabad Highway, a 1.5 km portion from Wahdat Colony to Union Council Kalial on Adalia Road, Liaquat road to Fawara Chowk road carpeting project, Khota Khurd to Lalazar on Damial road and other projects would be started.

The Commissioner said this year Rs 500 million each would be provided to Chakwal, Jhelum and Attock districts ofRawalpindi division while regular development projects would also be launched in these cities.

The Commissioner said that under the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab, a number of development projects have been identified which will be started during the current financial year.

To a question he said all-out efforts would be made in Rawalpindi division to fight dengue fever.

Tehsil municipal authorities are responsible for taking anti-dengue measures in urban areas while District Health Department is responsible for preventive measures in rural areas.

The Commissioner said that spray and fumigation has been completed in areas which were affected last year while under special drive for anti-dengue spray, all other cities and union councils of the division would be covered.

No New Posts   Kuri land scam: Eight CDA men booked

August 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Aug 17: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday registered a case against eight officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for their alleged involvement in the Kuri land scam; sources told Dawn.

The FIR (20/2011) has been registered against former director land and rehabilitation Waseem Shamshad, deputy director Abdur Rasheed, acting administration officer Asghar Ali, assistant director technical Malik Mumtaz, sub-engineer Khaid Khokhar, tehsildar Mian Aftab Ahmed, naib tehsildar Ghulam Ali, Gardawar Ghaniur Rehman and Patwari Shahid Mehmood.

An official of the FIA, however, said no arrest had been made so far.

Mr Shamshad was removed from the CDA last year after being accused of allotting hundreds of fake plots in a compensation package given to villagers of Kuri, where the CDA acquired their land for developing a model village.

The cabinet division had sent its report on the scam to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who ordered suspension of the director land.

However, Mr Shamshad had claimed innocence, vowing to expose the ‘main characters’ at an appropriate time.

Interestingly, the CDA chief, who ordered cancellation of all the allotment letters through an advertisement in national dailies, recently said the cancelled letters would be reissued.

He also ruled out any irregularity or fraud in the allotments.

A total of 3,961 allotment letters were issued,  according to the authority’s `dispatch register`,  of which more than 2,400 did not have the approval.

But no one has any idea if the allotment letters, besides those on the dispatch register, were issued.

Sources in the CDA had termed the cancellation of the allotment letters an eyewash, saying the authority would again allot the plots to the same people.

It has also been learnt that the director land had refused to meet demands of CDA`s ‘political lord’ and some ruling party
leaders who wanted to get plots in the name of fake villagers.

Sources claimed that a deal between the villagers` committee and the CDA`s ‘political lord’ was made to include hundreds of fake plots in the compensation package.

But the committee backed out when the allotment letters were issued to the villagers. On this, the director land was tasked to `materialise` the deal but he refused, leading to his removal.

No New Posts   CDA restrained from converting green belt into plots

August 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Aug 25: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday restrained the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from converting the green belt of F-11 sector into residential plots for its employees.

Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the court also issued notices to the CDA chairman, directors enforcement and planning; Iesco chief executive and director general of the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) in a petition filed by residents of the sector.

Dr Aslam Khaki, counsel for the petitioners, informed the court that CDA developed Sector F-11 in accordance with its master plan with a green and open area in the close neighborhood to ensure greenery and clean air. He said the petitioners purchased the plots at the high price due to its specific environment.

He alleged that now the CDA had created small plots in the green belt by changing its master plan and was allotting them to its employees in clear violation of the land disposal regulations 2005. He said the creation of plots close to the rainwater streams would also pollute the water.

The green belt was reserved to ensure clean environment and for the high tension 132 KV transmission line of Iesco which is passing through the locality. In case of construction of houses on the newly-created plots, the houses as well as the adjoining vicinity will become vulnerable to electric shock risks and electric waves. The Supreme Court in Shehla Zia case of 1990 had declared such high tension wires close to houses as risky, he added.

Dr Khaki also produced a PEPCO letter written on August 16, 2011, to the CDA chief stating that the plots were located very close to the 132 KV tower and transmission line and any excavation, construction activities so close to the high transmission line may cause not only collapse of the tower but also any fatal accident.

The petition said the layout plan of F-11 classified residential and public utility plots. The public places are left uncharged while the residential plots are allotted to people on price settled by CDA. It contended that the cost of the uncharged public utility and public spaces, in fact, were covered and included in the price of residential plots in the scheme. Hence, all such public utility properties and public open spaces are the property of the residents. It said CDA had only supervisory authority to develop and maintain such places.—Malik Asad

No New Posts   Ahmed Faraz Road inaugurated

August 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Flanked by eminent scholars and poets, Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Imtiaz Inayat Elahi on Thursday marking the 3rd death anniversary of one of the greatest modern Urdu poets, Ahmed Faraz, formally inaugurated Ahmed Faraz Road.

 

Service Road-West in Sector F-10 has been named after ‘Ahmed Faraz Road’ to honour the great poet of the East.

 

The CDA Board on March 2010 has approved the summary in this regard and forward it to the federal cabinet for approval, that also endorsed the decision. This has happened through the strenuous efforts of the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL).

No New Posts   DS awarded Rs 20m contract in violation of rules

August 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The contract of Rs 20 million for renovation of First Floor of B Block has become another problem for the Housing Ministry, as it was another violation of rules. According to sources, after taking charge of the ministry Federal Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat on May 2 gave instructions for renovation of the first floor of B Block of Pak Secretariat and went on leave. In his absence Deputy Secretary Saieed Ramzan awarded the contract of renovation without meeting the legal requirements. According to Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, the contract of over Rs 2 million should be published in PPRA site and three newspapers and contract worth of over Rs 10 million should be published in six newspapers but contract of renovation worth of Rs 20 million was awarded without any advertisement. They said recently contractor brought “Handover Report on Work Sheet” for the verification but Joint Secretary refused to sign it, but DS Saieed Ramzan signed that work sheet. They said that measurement of work should be done because there are rumors that quality and size of the work is not according to the award. staff report

No New Posts   CDA to launch new residential sector in zone IV

August 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has finalized launching a new residential sector in Zone IV for middle class on economical rates likewise rapid mass transport system is on the cards and soon 35 buses will start operating in the city. Development of Sector I-15 is another priority of CDA. Besides, contract of shuttle service of Diplomatic Enclave will be reviewed and Minister of Interior will be taken into confidence as Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials have been contacting CDA officials without following decorum.

The CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi stated this while talking to group of five journalists at convention centre. Elahi said he had decided that he would start a residential sector on already acquired land and in cases of Sector I-17 and H-18 if it could not give award money to the affecttees of land then it would will be de-acquired and land handed over to owners. He said Mass Transit System has been finalised and 35 buses would be run on two routs. He said after every five minutes one bus will depart for the secretariat from Faizabad and F sectors and estimated time of that journey would be 45 minutes. This project will be of Rs 300 million and it will be self-sustaining, he said.

Regarding shuttle service in Diplomatic Enclave he said contract of the service would be revised and hopefully after that, problems of the citizens would be solved. He told journalists that residential sector of CDA ‘Park Enclave’ was successful and all plots had been sold out and even after the closing date people were contacting CDA to include them in the list of applicants. “So it has been decided to open a new sector in Zone IV. That sector will be for middle class and as the volume of plots will be high so price of the plots will be kept low,” the chairman said.

This year every thing will be streamlined. In 2009-10 entertainment budget was 7 million but in 2010-11 budget was reduced to Rs 0.6 million. Project of Municipal Bonds have been matured as banks have been given assurance about the money so CDA has been working on some feasible project, he said. Regarding Kuri project and Agro farms I have taken action on Kuri and later on suspended the relevant officers due to which so far CDA has not faced loss of even a single inch,” Elahi maintained.

While replying to a question that FIA officers had been contacting CDA officers without taking him into confidence Elahi said that he had decided to extend a complaint to Interior Minister Rehman Malik that FIA should follow decorum and should inform him before contacting any official. He confirmed that there are illegal constructions in Zone III because Supreme Court (SC) had ordered that owners of land should not be restricted from construction due to which CDA had announced a policy that residents should get approval before doing construction.

Source: [Daily Times]

No New Posts   CDA directed to intensify drive against dengue

August 25, 2011

Islamabad, August 24, 2011: The Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has directed Health Services Directorate to expedite the pace of Anti-Dengue Campaign in the Federal Capital to prevent the residents from the horrible fever.  

Chairman CDA has instructed the Directorate of Health Services to contain transmission of Dengue virus in Islamabad, and gear up its drive against the Dengue fever, which is already launched to restrain Dengue virus in Islamabad.

In the aftermath of that Dengue fever cases reported from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, the Chairman CDA had directed Health Services Directorate to launch a comprehensive campaign against the Dengue Fever so that the people could be saved from the deadly disease.

Dengue fever is self-limiting disease with almost 100% recovery, but its advanced stages i.e., dengue hemorrhagic & dengue shock syndrome could be dangerous. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito “Aedes agypti”. This specific mosquito breeds in clean water. The life cycle of this species is seven days. Essential and precautionary measures i.e. change the water in water tank, bottles, bath tubs, money plant, flower pots etc., once in a week, dengue fever could possibly be controlled.

To over come the Dengue Fever, Health Services Directorate of CDA has divided the city into three regions for the purpose of comprehensive coverage Region One covers katchi Abadies of the entire city and attached Nallas Region Two covers Green Areas of the entire city and attached Nallas Region Three covers the Government accommodation, mosques, imam bargas and Churches and attached residential accommodations.

Larvicides are being added in Nullahs/ streams and spray/ fog is being done along the banks of streams/ Nullahs. In addition, breeding are being collected from nullahs / streams to identify the species. Close liaison has been established with hospitals and National Institute of Health, Islamabad in order to work in coordination. To keep aware the public regarding Dengue fever and its precautions, banners have been installed in all public places and pamphlets are being distributed among public. Since 1st August, 2011, Sector-6/1,2,3,4, 10 Weekly Bazzar, 18 Mosques, 13 Govt. Accommodations, 07 Katchi Abadies, 03 Nallahs, 12 Markets, 03 Hospital, 06 Green Belts and 01 time  Prime Minister House has been sprayed / fogged. In addition, Musharraf colony (G-8/4), TNT Colony (G-8/4) and Supermarket (F-6) have been sprayed and fogged.
             

Chairman CDA appealed the general public to install wire gauze on the doors and windows, use mosquito nets when sleeping outside, and covering the pits of stagnant water sand/mud around houses and destroy the old tyres, and other vessels that store water because these provide rich sources for breeding of mosquitoes. He said that there is no effective vaccine; prevention is the only tool for the control. He specially appealed the residents of Katchi Abadis to take preventive medicines against malaria.

No New Posts   Islamabad Would be Made Model Clean City - Chairman CDA

August 25, 2011

Islamabad, August 16, 2011: Chairman CDA, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has directed the Sanitation Directorate to finalize the arrangements for imposing fine for littering and further boost the efforts to keep the city clean and make Islamabad a Model City with the active participation of the residents.
He expressed these views while talking to the media after attending a briefing followed by demonstration on anti litter awareness campaign here at convention centre today. The demonstration was participated by the members of the CDA Board. Director Sanitation Cap Faiz Muhammad gave a detailed briefing on the anti litter awareness campaign.
Imtiaz inayat Elahi said that no municipality of the World can succeed to keep the city clean without cooperation of the residents. The residents of the beautiful capital of Pakistan should join hands to make it an exemplary city for cleanliness and green poster. 
He said that neat and clean environment is a sign of al healthy and civilized societies in the World and we can achieve this goal in case of Islamabad by keeping our houses, streets, sectors and surroundings in clean and tidy condition.

He said that Islamabad is one of the most beautiful cities on the globe developed with a proper planning and aesthetics. We are lucky to be the resident of this beautiful city where not only people across the Pakistan but many of the foreigners wish to abide in. We are proud that we have made the federal capital one of the cleanest city in the country but it is also a reality that no municipality of the world can be successful to keep the city in tidy condition unless and until there is active sense of participation and cooperation from the residents of that city.

Chairman said that CDA has launched  anti-littering drive – 2011 to thoroughly clean the streets, ravines, green belts, commercial centers and entertainment and recreational places and to inculcate a sense participation and awareness   among the residents for maintaining the cleanliness, disposing the litter and junks in an efficient manner.

He requested the residents to keep dustbins at their household and dispose off the junk and related waste material in the garbage trolleys of CDA with the help of the sanitary workers. While traveling within the city the people are requested not to throw empty packets of juices, cigarettes beverage bottles on roads rather dump it in car or vans and properly dispose it off in dustbins being a responsible citizen of the federal capital.
He called upon the citizens not to wash their vehicles in the open streets with water pipes and use buckets of water so that water could be saved. Do not put the household drainage and sewerage pipeline in nullah and ravines running close to your houses rather connect it with CDA main drains. Traders of the city are also requested to properly dispose off the junks of their respective shops and put waste of the shop outside while closing it during the night. Wall-chalking portray ugly picture of the city, so strictly avoid wall-chalking and pasting advertising material on the walls and signboards. Similarly, throwing juice packets and plastic bottles in the open areas in the parks and recreational places causes nuisance and earn a bad name for the residents. In this regard CDA has already installed proper dustbins in these areas for cleanliness purpose as these entertainment and recreational places are the best source of information, education and relaxation.

He said that that under section 5(29) of CDA Environmental Protection Regulations, 2008, a person or persons would be fined for violating anti-littering law within the Federal Capital, Islamabad, and would be charged with Rs. 50 to Rs.300 fine on the spot.
 Chairman CDA, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi urges the citizens of Islamabad to be a responsible citizen and cooperate with CDA to keep the city clean of all kinds garbage heap. He has also requested the residents to submit their valuable suggestions and recommendations at Help Line 1334 to help achieve better results and make is campaign a success. He requested the citizens to join hands with CDA to make Islamabad one of the cleanest and most green capitals of the world.

Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said that CDA is having an excellent system for collection of the waste but we are facing problems for disposal of the waste. He said that CDA is working on different options to dispose off the waste in an efficient manner which also include waste to energy project.

No New Posts   CDA introduces eco-friendly housing society

August 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Park Enclave is the only environmental friendly model-housing scheme in the heart of the federal capital, the Green City where 60 per cent of the area is meant for natural landscaping and allied facilities, said CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi on Wednesday. Talking to media men at site of the dream-housing scheme, CDA chairman said a large number of the potential applicants are visiting the site of the Park Enclave with families and submitting their applications to participate in the balloting process for getting the plots.

An easy payment schedule has been announced. The application for booking a plot can be submitted along with just Rs 1,200,000 of dawn payment while remaining amount will be paid in easy installments of 16 months, said Elahi. CDA has also announced a rebate of five pecent in case the allotees make the full payment of the price of plot at the time of the allotment. The chairman said the scheme will be developed in record period of one year and allotees would be given the possession of plots.

In phase one a gated housing community comprising of about 700 houses shall be developed. More green area has been managed through the planning of 500 sq yds. It consists of 700 houses equipped with stat of the art facilities. The Park Enclave, the first scheme of its kind introduced on Park Road and opposite renowned Chak Shahzad Agro Farms.

CDA is expecting more than Rs 10 billion from sale of the plots in the first phase in this dream housing project inaugurated by Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on July 5, 2011. Giving a background of the development of housing in the federal capital he said that the Islamabad city is divided into five main zones.

The total area of the city is 906 sq kms. Out of the five main zones of the city, Zone IV is the one covering the largest area of about 70,000 acres. The City was developed typically in 2 x 2 km sectors with a central commercial area or Markaz. CDA chairman said that in a recent development, Supreme Court of Pakistan has allowed housing in Zone-IV.

He said CDA being eco-friendly organization and trendsetter in the country has introduced an environmental friendly model housing project in Zone-IV. The project will not only providing contemporary living but will be a model to be followed or replicated adopted by the developers.

Source: [Daily Times]

No New Posts   Construction banned in sector G-14

August 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sadar Fariduddin Mustafa has prohibited the construction of houses / transportation / loading /un-loading of construction material within the limits of sub-sectors of G-14/1,2,3 and G-15/3, for two months, with immediate effect, under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898.

The magistrate said that the land of villages falling in the sub-sectors G-14/1,2,3 and G-15/3, have been acquired for the development of housing scheme of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and it has come to his knowledge that some peoples are constructing houses in the said sub-sectors for the sake of improvement and to enhance compensation of built up property, which is against the law. Therefore, there are sufficient grounds to proceed under section 144 of CrPC 1898 and to prevent the construction for the safety of the general public property.

Source: [Daily Times]


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No New Posts   Encroachments in QAU: CDA ‘dodging’ responsibility to clear illegal occupants

August 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: 

A controversy between Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has surfaced over retrieval of the university’s land from encroachers.

The QAU administration claims that a large portion of its land is in illegal possession of 13 villages and some “politically-backed” land grabbers, against whom CDA is not taking any action despite repeated requests by the administration.

However, in its reply to the cabinet division, CDA maintained that it had cleared the land of all encroachers and handed it over to QAU. The civic body said that it is then the university’s responsibility to protect its land from illegal occupants, although it can utilise services of CDA’s Enforcement Directorate.

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai said that the illegal occupants have been “there since day one”. He said it is difficult for the university administration and students to confront the villagers and powerful land grabbers, adding that CDA “does not pay any heed to our demand”. He said that the plan to expand the university campus has been expedited to prevent further encroachments on the university’s land.

The VC said that despite several requests, the Interior Ministry has been unable to compel CDA to construct a boundary wall around the university to provide security to its students, adding that around 2,400 students, including girls, are currently living in QAU hostels.

An official of the university said that the politically-backed group of land grabbers that have occupied a large chunk of QAU land are the same from whom the Supreme Court forcibly retrieved state land in Bani Gala.

The Supreme Court recently revealed that the worth of state land in Islamabad under illegal possession is around Rs1 trillion. It also disclosed that around 20,000 acres (160,000 kanals) of state land, worth several hundred billion rupees, is not in possession of the CDA and whenever the authority tries to take back its possession, the occupants resist.

CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi told the apex court that in 1960s residents who owned land earmarked for the capital city were given compensation money under the terms that the government could take ownership of the land whenever required. He said that since then the value of land has increased significantly, which is why the occupants refuse to vacate.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2011.

No New Posts   RCB to launch model-housing scheme

August 14, 2011

The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to launch a big housing scheme on a former landfill site near Chakra Bhatta Chowk in Cantt area.

The housing project will have all basic facilities while the housing scheme will be first of its own kind. Rawalpindi Cantonment Board has nearly 600 kanals of land in the area which was being used earlier as a landfill site but now it has been made a normal ground.

The housing scheme would have a school, mosque, dispensary and market. Talking about the project, Executive Officer of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board, Manzoor Ahmed said that it would be a model housing scheme which will have all basic facilities.

No New Posts   Bahria makes Comittment, it delivers

August 11, 2011

Bahria makes Comittment, it delivers

No New Posts   Drainage system not failed during Monday's rain: CDA

August 11, 2011

Islamabad, August 9, 2011: Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, while reviewing the performance of Flood Relief Cell in the wake of yesterday’s heavy downpour dispelled the impression that the drainage system of capital city failed during yesterday’s rain. He said that yesterday’s cloudburst was unprecedented, unusual and rare in Islamabad varying in its intensity from 30 mm to 176 mm from one place to other. The highest intensity i.e. 176 mm was recorded at Margalla Hills and its surroundings from where the water came like a flood to the adjoining settled areas of the city like Secretariat Blocks, Parliament House, Supreme Court and Constitution Avenue etc.

He said that there was no laxity on the part of CDA as the drainage system of the city was designed to cater the needs for a normal and usual rains and system was adopted according to international standards in vogue in the world but water was destined to accumulate on roads as yesterday’s rain was unusual, unnatural, unprecedented and abnormal and the water came from the hills like a flood.

During the meeting Chairman CDA was apprised that Flood Relief Cell of CDA is functioning round the clock and it works in three shifts. A Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) has been prepared and circulated amongst all formations of the Authority for strict compliance.  

The meeting was informed that Flood Relief Cell received 50 complaints during yesterday’s heavy rains from the general public and all were addressed successfully in shortest possible time and prompt manner.

The Chairman CDA was also informed that CDA has already carried out comprehensive survey and cleaning of the nullahs and ravines passing through the city well before the start of monsoon. These Nullahs and ravines have been cleared at the vulnerable choking points to ensure the smooth and unhindered flow of rain water in these nullahs and ravines to avoid any untoward incident. Similarly, the meeting was informed that the flood relief cell is in state of high alert and functioning round the clock to address the complaints of the citizens. CDA has also warned the residents of the Katchi Abadis to shift from the nullahs side to the safer places and CDA’s Directorate of Enforcement has carried out forced operation to shift or remove the vulnerable katchi abadis on both sides the nullahs to avoid any unfortunate incident. 

The Chairman CDA appreciated the work of the Flood Relief Cell and said that there was no laxity on the part of CDA in clearing the water within few hours. He said that despite the fact that the rain was extremely abnormal and heavy downpour, no major blockage of roads, no incident of loss of life and property took place due to prompt and quick action by CDA. All the blockages and accumulated water on avenues, roads, buildings and markets, if occurred, were cleared immediately after the stoppage of the rain.

No New Posts   CDA to replace concrete barricades with automatic road blockers

August 7, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to replace concrete barricades with automatic road blockers affixed with sensitive security cameras to avoid traffic congestion and introduce modern checking system.

The Authority is facing criticism from people experiencing traffic congestion at security barricades and also spoiling the beauty of city.

An official source told APP that the CDA in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior had started work on the modern checking system.

Under the project titled ‘Islamabad Civilian and Traffic Control and Access Project’ the government has decided to develop a modern security and vehicular inspection system through security cameras.

The project is being executed with help of Spanish Government that has consented to convert a loan payable to Pakistan into grant for execution of the project, realizing the sensitivity of the situation, the source added.

“The project will cost around Rs 1.5 billion. Though the Spanish government has already agreed to fund the project, there seems to be no other bottleneck in this regard,” said the source. After preparing the feasibility study, the summary of the project has been forwarded to the Economic Affairs Division to seek funding from Spain.

The division has also forwarded case to Spanish Government where it is under consideration and it is hoped that project will sail through from there, the source said.

Under the project, a bulletproof operation room will be set up at every check-post powered by electricity as well as power generator. Each operating room will require deployment of three security personnel.

Instead of concrete barricades, the automatic road blockers will be installed on roads and after detecting any suspicious vehicle through security cameras, the operator will raise the road blocker for inspection.

“It will reduce traffic congestion as instead of opening one lane, the project will have capacity to let open all lanes and only the suspicious vehicle will be intercepted and park on roadside for inspection,” said the source. The government is in touch with the Spanish authorities to pursue the project that is likely to fund such a project in Peshawar as well.. app

No New Posts   Six years and counting: Sector I-15 awaits development

August 7, 2011

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  • CDA yet to hire contractor to initiate development work despite people having paid millions of rupees

ISLAMABAD -  Though the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started the development work on the recently-launched Park Enclave housing project to earn Rs 10 billion, it is yet to hire a contractor to undertake development in Sector I-15, for which people paid millions to the authority several years ago.
“The authority had launched Sector I-15 in 2005 for provision of housing facility to low income groups, but the dream of low income-earning people to have a house in the federal capital has gone down the drain, as the authorities are yet to hire a contractor for developing the sector. The finance wing of the civic body has already spent most of the revenue generated from selling plots in Sector I-15 over the development of other projects, therefore, they are unable to start the much-awaited development of Sector I-15,” an official source said.
He said that after launching the residential sector in year 2005, the CDA pledged to develop 5,560 plots and 8,000 flats in the sector and earned Rs 150 million from the sale of more or less 300,000 brochures.
The official said the CDA had fixed 54 percent quota in Sector I-15 for the general public, 20 percent for the affected people of Islamabad, 10 percent for non commissioned officers of the Pakistan Army, 10 percent for the employees of the federal government from BPS-1 to BPS-15, five percent for CDA employees and one percent for journalists working in the twin cities.
The official said Sector I-15 had been launched to resolve the housing problems of low income groups who had a maximum annual income of Rs 150,000.
The sector has a total of 13,500 housing units on 5,500 plots of five to seven marlas and 8,000 flats.
He pointed out that this inordinate delay in the development of new sectors would further aggravate the housing shortage in the capital city, as Islamabad was currently facing a shortage of 40,000 units that had badly inflated real estate prices in the city.
CDA Public Relation Deputy Director Ramzan Sajid said the authority would soon hire a contractor for developing Sector I-15.
He said the CDA was engaged in negotiation with a Chinese state-owned firm for developing the residential sector and the contract agreement was likely to be signed soon.
Sajid said three companies took part in the pre-qualification process, but the Chinese firm came out successful as the other two did not offer a bid.

No New Posts   Ignoring CDA Building Laws

August 7, 2011

Rented out to a private school, a five-storey house in the National Police Foundation (NPF) housing scheme in sector E-11, having two basements and three upper floors, amply shows that most of the private and cooperative housing societies do not follow building by-laws of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Owners of plots in private and cooperative housing schemes sometime take undue benefit because of their own influence or having good relations with the housing scheme’s management, and do not follow the CDA’s set parameters for construction. All housing societies are bound to implement the CDA’s building by-laws.

Sometimes owners of houses in private housing schemes do not keep open the setback areas of plots (five to ten feet on three sides of the house). Though under the CDA’s by-laws only one basement is allowed, some have constructed two. Some have
built full-fledge third storey on their houses. But the CDA permits only a room on the third floor, measuring 200 to 400 feet depending on the plot’s size. In case of big plots, no construction is allowed on car porch but one can see rooms and other construction on that area of big houses.

Taking notice of these violations, Senate’s Standing Committee on Cabinet has recommended to bringing all private and cooperative housing schemes in Islamabad under the control of Building Control Section (BCS) of the authority. The BCS checks violations of building by-laws in sectoral or municipal area of the city.

Malik Murtaza, director-general BCS, says new rules were being drafted to bring all private housing schemes under the section’s control. If this happens, it will be a big change as there is not check on construction going on in the private and cooperative housing schemes.

But an office-bearer of a cooperative housing society maintained that almost all private and cooperative housing schemes follow the CDA’s by-laws.

Presently the practice in private and cooperative housing schemes is that site plans of residential and commercial buildings
are passed by the management committees of relevant schemes. They usually follow the CDA’s by-laws. Similarly the rules in the private housing schemes and the CDA laws are almost same, but there is no check on violations.

Presently, there are 55 functional private and cooperatives housing schemes in the capital. Of them, 18 have acquired No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the authority. As many of the schemes were launched more than two decades, some have been fully developed.

According to the law, all private and cooperatives housing societies are registered with the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration, commonly called local administration. Those launched by private firms are registered with the CDA.

However, the authority is responsible for monitoring the development work in both cooperatives and private housing
schemes.

So far 51 cooperatives have been registered with the local administration and of them 46 are stated to be functional. Similarly, nine private housing schemes have been registered with the CDA.

Requesting anonymity, the office-bearer of the housing society said although the overall performance of cooperatives and private housing schemes was not up to the mark, it was far better than the CDA’s, adding that the authority could not develop a single residential sector completely in the last 23 years.

He said private and cooperative housing societies have provided housing facilities outside the CDA’s municipal limits in Zone-II, IV and V, sharing the authority’s burden of providing accommodation facilities to hundreds of families in Islamabad.

But building violations are also sprawling in the CDA’s limits (residential sectors and commercial areas) and the BCS seems helpless in taking any action against powerful violators.

Using houses for commercial activities is one violation that is going on without any check. From time to time the CDA bosses do issue statements vowing action against those who have rented out their houses for commercial ventures, but nothing is practically done.

No New Posts   DHA Islamabad Army Public School launches its website

August 3, 2011

Welcome to Dhai Army Public School

 

http://www.dhaiaps.com/

 

No New Posts   Conversion of parks, green belts into residential areas

August 3, 2011

Bill tabled in NA to restrain CDA from changes in Master Plan

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Member of National Assembly (MNA) Parveen Masood Bhatti has tabled a Bill in National Assembly (NA) to restrain Capital Development Authority (CDA) from changes in Islamabad’s Master Plan without the approval of the cabinet.

If the Bill were passed it would not be possible for CDA to convert park, green belts and other lands into residential plots. In this Bill, called the Capital Development Authority (Amendment) Act, 2011, it has been requested that the authority shall not change Master Plan of the Capital without approval of the Cabinet and a proposal for any change in master plan shall be published in the official Gazette and in two Urdu and two English newspapers published from Islamabad and having largest circulation for calling public objections and suggestions.

It further said that no areas declared as parking areas in the Master Plan should be converted into residential or commercial areas and no change in the plan shall be made having negative effects on environment of the Capital.

The Bill says whoever encroaches or unauthorisedly occupies or possesses for any purpose any property which vests in the Authority, or in violation of any permission of the Authority in writing, or abets, a person who is empowered to control such encroachment or unauthorised occupation or possession, permits such encroachments, unauthorised occupation or possession or unauthorised constructions, within his jurisdiction shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of four years and with fine which shall not be less than Rs 2 millions or equal to the quantum of loss caused to the Authority, whichever is more, subject to lawful procedure.

Secondly any person so authorised by the Authority, or having information of such encroachment, unauthorised occupation or possession, may report to the officer in-charge of the concerned police station and such officer shall immediately remove such encroachment, unauthorised occupation or possession and restore its original position.

Any officer or official of the authority who is authorized to check encroachments, unauthorised occupations or possessions, fails to perform his duty shall be treated to have committed misconduct and shall be liable to be dismissed from service, subject to law regulating the service terms and conditions.

No New Posts   Capital administration reviews arrangements at Rawal, Simly dams

August 2, 2011

Islamabad

Deputy Commissioner (Islamabad) Amer Ahmed Ali has informed that teams of the ICT administration, comprising assistant commissioners and magistrates, are keeping a constant contact with officials of the Rawal Dam and Simly Dam to ensure arrangements for protection of life and property of people in the catchment areas.

In this regard, assistant commissioners and magistrates visited the Rawal Dam and Simly Dam on Monday in the wake of heavy downpour and reviewed protective arrangements around streams and ‘nullahs’ and ensure protection of people and their cattle.

Assistant Commissioner (Saddar) Islamabad Fariduddin Mustafa and Assistant Commissioner (Industrial Area) Imran Ali Sultan visited sectors I-8, I-9 and I-10 and reviewed arrangements to ensure protection of life and property of people. They informed people through announcements not to go near ‘nullahs’ in any casem. They also held meetings with school officials to keep their buildings ready for setting up of relief centres.

Assistant Commissioner (Rural) Islamabad Saba Asim, Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat) Umar Asad and Magistrate (Secretariat) Hussain Bahadur visited low-lying areas near Rawal Dam, Simly Dam, Korang Nullah in Bhara Kahu and Sihala and informed people through announcements to shift to safer places and keep themselves away from ‘nullahs’.

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