FGEHA will address F-14, F-15 landowners' concerns

FGEHA will address F-14, F-15 landowners’ concerns

FGEHA will address F-14, F-15 landowners’ concerns. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) to resolve the issues of F-14 and F-15 landowners within six weeks.

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While hearing identical petitions opposing land acquisition for these sectors, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah reminded the FGEHA that landowners were the primary stakeholders in any sector’s development, yet the authority was treating them differently.

Notably, following the August 17 balloting for F-14 and F-15 plots, the FGEHA executive board unanimously authorized one plot for each of its members.

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Additionally, he paid a visit to the ongoing projects at Lifestyle Residency G-13, G-15/3, F-14, and F-15 and requested that they be completed on time.

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The DG was informed that the authority had begun distributing potable water to G-14/4 for the first time via the recently built water supply infrastructure. Previously, the industry relied entirely on private tankers to supply drinkable water.

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The old GT Road reconstruction project has begun

The old GT Road reconstruction project has begun

The old GT Road reconstruction project has begun. The contractor has begun work on the deteriorating old GT Road restoration utilizing heavy gear at the Kathala railway crossing, where the road was in the poorest condition.

Locals, particularly businesses, have long pressed for rehabilitation of the road that runs through Gunjrat city, because hundreds of industrial units are located along the major thoroughfare.

Additionally, Gujrat city has been developing towards the Kathala railway crossing at the Chenab River bridge, necessitating road reconstruction.

Deputy Commissioner Mehtab Waseem Azhar stated that the road will be constructed between Kathala Chenab and the Rehmania bridge and over the Bhimbher stormwater channel, as these were the city’s primary entry and exit ports.

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He stated that the project would also help improve the city’s entry by developing greenbelts alongside the road and installing lighting.

The Punjab government approved the road restoration on the proposal of the Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi. The project is estimated to cost Rs1 billion.

The project was initially budgeted for with Rs250 million from Punjab’s yearly development budget. According to the officials, the project might take at least one year to complete if necessary funds are released on time. The project to reconstruct the old GT Road has begun.

However, the local leaders of the ruling coalition partners – the PTI and the PML-Q – assert that the project would be completed this fiscal year.

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A lack of a road has rendered Bhonja Valley inaccessible

A lack of a road has rendered Bhonja Valley inaccessible

Bhonja Valley is isolated due to the lack of a road. Without the basic infrastructure and a suitable road, the picturesque Bhonja Valley, located near the renowned Kaghan Valley, remains an unreachable tourist destination, but one with significant potential.

Bhonja Valley, located approximately 3,000 meters above sea level and 40 kilometers from Balakot, is home to a stunning environment that features snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, clear streams, and endless green meadows.

However, getting to the village of Bhonja is an uphill battle in and of itself, as the present road is in disrepair and a huge turnoff for potential tourists.

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Syed Ahmed Hussain Shah and Saleh Muhammad Khan, the constituency’s elected members, have yet to follow through on their promise to create a bridge and a proper road for Bhonja Valley.

A bridge that was previously constructed in partnership with international organizations was destroyed by repeated ground sliding. The majority of the structure collapses and washes into the river below. Residents periodically steal the bridge’s exposed plates.

Hundreds of thousands of rupees have reportedly been spent on the rehabilitation of the bridge. Still, there is the little visible trace of reconstruction, and no attempt has been taken to regulate the frequency and intensity of land sliding.

Former Nazim Bhonja Ilyas Ahmed stated that while nature has endowed the valley with unsurpassed beauty, the local elected officials’ apathy has rendered Bhonja virtually invisible on the tourism radar.

Ilyas stated that he had asked the provincial government to keep Bhonja Valley in mind while it searches for and develops new tourism destinations.

Meanwhile, Provincial Assembly Member and Special Advisor to Chief Minister Syed Ahmed Hussain Shah has claimed to have allotted Rs20 million to repair and build the necessary bridge and road.

He stated that construction on the project is likely to begin shortly. Bhonja Valley, like all other tourist destinations in the Kaghan Valley, will soon begin receiving its fair share of tourists and travel enthusiasts.

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NLC granted a contract for the construction of Islamabad's 10th Avenue

NLC granted a contract for the construction of Islamabad’s 10th Avenue

NLC will be granted a contract for the construction of Islamabad’s 10th Avenue
The municipal administrators are about to award a contract to the National Logistics Cell to build a huge road project — 10th Avenue (NLC).

Four days after the CDA board approved awarding the contract to a government-owned corporation, the authority held a competition between Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and the NLC on Monday. It determined that the latter’s proposal of Rs10.2 billion was the lowest, compared to FWO’s bid of Rs10.9.

“We will give the contract to NLC when all code requirements are met,” a CDA official said, adding that the authority had invited two other government-owned entities — Railcop and National Construction Company —, but they declined to participate.

10th Avenue will be built in two parts, according to CDA authorities. The first phase will see the construction of a five-kilometer road connecting I.J. Principal Road/Katarian Bridge to the Srinagar Highway near the edge of G-9 and the starting point of G-10. Once work on the project begins, it will take 21 months to complete.

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According to officials, the second phase will be erected between Srinagar Highway and Margalla Road in the future.

On Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the Rs12.1 billion building of 10th Avenue from I.J.P Road to Srinagar Highway.

NLC is constructing two significant CDA projects: the 7th Avenue Interchange and the enlargement and upgrading of I.J.P Road. The two projects are currently in development. The FWO is building Margalla Road.

According to CDA sources, the CDA’s management focuses on giving large contracts to government organizations to prevent contract-related issues.

“These two firms (FWO and NLC) are fully capable of completing the projects on time. Several projects have been delayed in the past due to contractors’ delaying tactics; thus, we are hopeful that all-important contracts will be completed on time,” an official stated.

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Progress on a critical RIUT project has reached a halt

Progress on a critical RIUT project has reached a halt

Despite the project’s urgency, the administrative and financial affairs of the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology and Kidney Transplant (RIUT) still await transfer to the new project director Dr Zainul Amir.

According to the Express Tribune, the newly deployed project director has not been granted drawing and disbursing officer (DDO) authority, nor has he been equipped with an administrative staff or director of finance to oversee the healthcare facility’s beginning operations.

The Punjab government has already granted a Rs800 million grant for the hospital’s operationalization and approved the project concept (PC) -1 for human resource employment and related expenses.

The health department has not yet been handed management of the facility, and Dr Zainul Amir has not been given the necessary authority to oversee the building’s timely completion, acquisition of equipment, and recruitment advertisements.

No new bank account has been formed for the purpose, sources claimed, adding that the critical project was never completed under the previous government and remains dormant under the new regime.

The delay in establishing RIUT has resulted in an overflow of kidney-related patients at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital, which has been compelled to push back surgery dates by up to six months due to resource constraints.

RIUT was founded in 2012 by former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif with the mission of delivering high-quality care to residents suffering from acute renal illness.

However, the hospital’s development has progressed at a snail’s pace, with a significant amount of work remaining even after over a decade.

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Despite the lengthy period of time spent on the building’s development, the institute’s civil works remain unfinished to this day. However, the necessary equipment has been acquired.

Additionally, the outbreak of Covid-19 transformed the institute into a coronavirus-specific medical facility.

The healthcare complex is still in the process of establishing a dialysis centre with 30 machines, five modern modular operating rooms, and one additional operating room.

The government intends to complete the project by December 2021.

Professor Dr Mohammad Umar, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU), has announced that the planning and development (P&D) department has sanctioned Rs7 billion for human resource recruitment and completion of outstanding civil works.

Dr Umar stated that they have set an initial goal of recruiting 1,100 staff members for the hospital, including doctors, nurses, and others. Progress on a critical RIUT project has reached a halt.

Managing human resources had been a major issue at the institute to date, with 210 nurses transferred to Lahore and other hospitals in Rawalpindi and Murree due to RIUT’s inability to pay their salaries.

The government is now coordinating the ad hoc deployment of human resources from other hospitals, and the installation of acquired equipment will also be expedited.

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The Dhabeji Industrial Zone project has run into difficulties

The Dhabeji Industrial Zone project has run into difficulties

The Dhabeji Industrial Zone project has run into difficulties. The newly awarded contract for the Dhabeji Industrial Zone (DIZ) project, part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has been held following a legal challenge.

On Monday (today), the Sindh High Court will hear a case alleging that the contract was awarded in violation of SEZ guidelines.

According to the provincial government, because DIZ has not yet been granted SEZ status, the rules governing special economic zones do not apply to it. Additionally, the CPEC Authority submitted a formal declaration to the high court expressing satisfaction with the bidding process and asserting that no impropriety occurred in the contract award.

However, according to a document from the Sindh Economic Zones Management Company (SEZMC) (SEZ), the DIZ will be deemed a special economic zone.

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The multibillion-dollar DIZ, which will be created through a public-private partnership between the winning bidder Zahir Khan & Brothers (ZKB) and the Sindh government, is a component of CPEC and may eventually be designated as a special economic zone.

The 1,500-acre project is being implemented jointly by the Centre, Sindh government, and CPEC Authority with the goal of transforming it into a hub for key economic activities in the province.

In February of this year, the Sindh government invited bids for the project. However, one of the bids was ruled ‘technically unsuitable’ following a two-month examination. The provincial government then conducted a re-bid process, with ZKB emerging victorious. The government then issued a Letter of Award (LoA) to the successful enterprise.

However, the contract award was contested before the court on Nov 29. (today).

Earlier this month, during a meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed the hope that all economic zones, including Dhabeji Industrial Zone, would be completed and economic activity begin as soon as possible.

He, however, lashed out at the Sindh administration for the province’s poor rate of development.

When questioned, Sindh government spokesman Saeed Ghani stated that he was not completely aware of the facts of the project but believed there was nothing improper with the contract’s award.

Meanwhile, a top SEZMC official stated that the provincial government ensured openness and fairness in the award process by quoting Rs16.25 billion for the winner bidder and Rs13.75 billion for the second lowest bidder.

He stated that the project will create Rs32 billion in revenue and that the successful bidder would be required to pay the province government Rs16 billion over the next five to seven years. The remainder would be paid to the provincial government through the sale of economic zone plots, he added.

According to the official, the DIZ, like 17 other industrial zones in the country, had not yet been granted SEZ status, but the province government will seek for it later.

“The Allama Iqbal Economic Zone in Lahore was founded in 2006 but did not receive SEZ status until 2016,” he explained, noting that economic zones do not always receive SEZ status.

Unfortunately, the official stated, the court had been deceived by the petitioner, who claimed that the laws governing SEZs had not been followed in awarding the contract for the DIZ.

Meanwhile, it has been learned that the DIZ project is being delayed owing to litigation, since the selected bidder has yet to sign the agreement with the Sindh government, even a month after the LoA was issued.

The selected firm will design, finance, construct, run, and maintain DIZ on a build, own, operate, and transfer basis.

The DIZ is located on the N-5 National Highway, near the Bin Qasim and Karachi ports, and approximately 700 kilometers from Gwadar Port, which connects Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The DIZ will contain 130 heavy, 145 medium, and 211 light businesses, 82 warehouses, commercial and office space, grid stations, highways, lanes, mosques, and recreation places, as well as a captive power production facility and PTCL/SSGC/K-Electric intake points, according to the layout design.

The Dhabeji Industrial Zone project has run into difficulties.

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A Dubai firm invests in the Ravi riverfront development project

A Dubai firm invests in the Ravi riverfront development project

A Dubai firm invests in the Ravi riverfront development project. The Ravi Urban Development Authority (Ruda) has inked an agreement with a Dubai-based company to build an echo system, an innovation city, and other environmentally friendly initiatives at Pakistan’s first high-tech metropolis, the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP).

Under the terms of the MoU, the business has promised to invest $500 million in various projects. An official agreement, on the other hand, will be signed at a later date.

“We recently inked a series of memorandums of understanding totalling $1.4 billion — the project’s first mega-foreign investment.” The MoUs contain a $500 million commitment — the largest of its kind — through which the firm will start numerous initiatives linked to the echo system, innovation city, and so on,” Ruda CEO told.

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The plan calls for the establishment of a theme park and the development of tourism attractions.

“All Memorandums of Understanding were recently signed at Dubai Expo-2020, which is currently underway. I believe it indicates foreign investors’ confidence in Pakistan,” he added.

According to the Ruda leader, the other memorandums of understanding inked included the construction of a theme park and promotion of tourist activities and the formation of an industrial zone. “The industrial zone would be created on 600 acres of land,” he explained.

He stated that Pakistan’s pavilion at the Dubai expo continued to attract foreign investors interested in the Ravi project and other areas.

He also stated that several Ravi project schemes (barrages, lake, etc.) would begin shortly.

ON SUNDAY, various teams from Pakistan Railways (Lahore division) inspected passenger trains.

Several travellers were apprehended without tickets during inspections. Additionally, the teams levied fines totaling more than Rs90,000, a spokeswoman said.

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Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project

Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project

Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project. The district administration and Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) have begun delineating land for the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project.

According to a senior RDA official, a joint team comprised of the District Land Revenue Department members and the RDA’s land and engineering branches had been formed. It had begun work marking land to be acquired for the project.

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He stated that Leh Nullah was divided into city and cantonment areas, and the team would complete the first phase of demarcation of cantonment land. He noted that the team would identify land within the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction in the second phase.

“The Rawalpindi Municipal Waste Company transfer station in Liaquat Bagh will also be impacted by the project and will be relocated,” he said, adding that the RDA had requested estimates from all civic bodies.

Cantonment land will be marked in the first phase, according to an RDA official.

According to him, the law requires Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards to inform residents about their areas and obtain approval from Military Lands and Cantonments for military land.

He stated that the provincial government would pay for structures on leased property in cantonment areas but not for land along the Leh Nullah.

On the other hand, RDA requested that the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) relocate its supply lines and tubewells along Leh Nullah and that Wasa conduct a survey of the area following land demarcation.

Wasa had installed over two dozen tube wells along Leh Nullah from New Kattarian to the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench building near the Soan River. It would receive time and funding from the government and that supply lines would be relocated following the installation of new tube wells.

Another RDA official stated that following land demarcation, civic bodies would submit information about land prices and government structures; the district administration would then verify the information through land records, at which point it would become part of the PC-I.

He added that the price committee would also set land rates along the nullah and inform residents about land rates in various areas.

He added that the process would take a month to complete, at which point the land acquisition process would begin. Private landowners would also be contacted, and the RDA has already contacted house owners along the nullah in this regard.

When contacted, RDA Director Anwar Baran stated that the final assessment would occur once demarcation was completed.

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Park View City Islamabad announces a plot allotment discount offer

Park View City Islamabad announces a plot allotment discount offer

Park View City Islamabad announces a plot allotment discount offer. According to a notification posted on the project’s official social media account, the Park View City Islamabad administration has given a stunning reduction of up to 30% for clients and plot allottees who pay their November instalments on time. The discount is good for all clients through November 30.

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According to the Facebook post, the discount will be accessible to plot holders in the C, J, K, Golf Estate, and Overseas Blocks. The following is a breakdown of the available discounts:

Suspended late payment surcharge
A 5% discount will be applied to any past-due plot instalments.
A 10% discount on the upfront payment of all future instalments
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A 20% discount on advance instalment payments, as well as a 10% discount on late instalment payments
Additionally, it is said that all outstanding instalments can be paid online from the comfort of one’s own home or in person at any Silk Bank or Bank Alfalah branch in the name of ‘Park View Enclave (Pvt) Ltd.

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The PWD intersection in Islamabad is named after Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

The PWD intersection in Islamabad is named after Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

The PWD intersection in Islamabad is named after Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board named the newly completed PWD intersection after nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on Thursday.

Additionally, it approved a landfill for Islamabad’s rural area and a new housing program for overseas Pakistanis.

The federal government instructed the CDA board to name a permanent structure/infrastructure or road after the recently deceased nuclear physicist.

The board of directors, chaired by CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, convened on Thursday to discuss various policy issues.

The assembly approved establishing a five-acre dumping site in Taumar for the rural population after the necessary formalities are completed.

Overseas Enclave, a new housing development, will be built on 400 kanals adjacent to Park Enclave III. The board decided to construct flats and apartments for abroad Pakistanis as part of the Roshan Digital Program.

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According to a board member, the forum also supported CDA’s request to have the building of 10th Avenue handled by a government entity rather than private contractors.

The civic agency has previously contracted Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and National Logistics Cell (NLC) to execute various construction projects among the government contractors.

On Wednesday, the National Economic Council’s Executive Committee (Ecnec) approved the construction of 10th Avenue from IJP Road to Srinagar Highway at a cost of Rs12.139 billion.

Meanwhile, the board accepted a contract with Pakistan’s National Electronics Complex (NECOP) to replace conventional streetlights in the capital city with light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

The CDA, in collaboration with NECOP, will convert Islamabad’s existing sodium streetlights with European-standard LED lighting.

Three projects – two interchanges at Khayaban-i-Iqbal (E-11 and Shaheen Chowk) and an EIA study to widen and enhance Attaturk Avenue from Jinnah Avenue to Ayub Chowk – were also sanctioned for consulting. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan is commemorated at the PWD junction in Islamabad.

According to the board member, the privatization of the Jinnah Convention Centre (JCC) was also discussed during the meeting, which was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Privatization.

According to sources, the CDA informed privatization officials that the board had no objections to JCC’s privatization and that the federal cabinet’s decision was definitive.

The CDA requested that the Ministry of Privatization submit study reports on water availability, grid-connected energy, a solid waste management plan, a traffic impact assessment, and a sewage treatment plant (STP) report to obtain a revised version allotment letter from the CDA.

The Privatization Commission has stated that the JCC deal was halted after the CDA expressed complaints following a no-objection certificate (NOC).

Previously, in a letter to the Ministry of Interior a few weeks ago, the CDA stated that it had never opposed the privatization of JCC, but rather asked: “If no study is conducted [regarding the studies mentioned above], the matter may be brought to the attention of the prime minister or the federal cabinet as deemed appropriate for appropriate intervention in the matter.”

According to sources, it was discussed during the meeting that the Privatization Commission should reassure the CDA board that no new difficulties identified by the CDA will arise. However, sources indicated that the civic agency made it plain that it had no objection to JCC’s privatization.

In July, the CDA board resolved to get study findings from the Ministry of Privatization prior to receiving a revised JCC allotment letter from the CDA.

The board advised that the 3.4 acres previously designated for parking be reviewed as an amenity area to avoid legal issues.

The CDA has stated that privatizing such a massive structure will impact highways and other public services.

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan is commemorated at the PWD junction in Islamabad.

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