Committee formed to expedite work on new bus service

* CDA decides to auction 13 billboard sites to generate additional revenue
Committee formed   to expedite work  on new bus service

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has constituted a six-member committee to expedite process for early completion of the Islamabad bus service project. 
The committee will prepare documents for pre-qualification of the interested companies and set technical and financial standards, besides devising a plan and schedule of work for the implementation of the project. 
Administration Member Amir Ali Ahmed heads the committee, while other members are Construction Director Ejaz Ahmed Siddique, Accounts Director Saeed Ahmed, Markets and Roads Maintenance Director Asad Mehmood Kiani, Traffic Engineering Director Azam Khan Lodhi and BRT Project Director Qazi Umer. 
According to the planned project, the CDA will provide a state-of-the-art air-conditioned bus service to the citizens of the federal capital. The bus service will initially be started on three routes. The first route will be from Rawat to Pak Secretariat via Faizabad, Kashmir Highway, Seventh Avenue and Margalla Road. The second route will be from Bhara Kahu and end at Shaheen Chowk through the Kashmir Highway. The third route will be from Pir Wadhai to Pak Secretariat via Sectors I10, I10, Ninth Avenue, Peshawar Morr, Karachi Company and Jinnah Avenue. 
Meanwhile, the CDA has decided to auction 13 billboard sites in different sectors of the federal capital. 
The open auction will be organised by the Directorate of Municipal Administration of the civic authority during the second week of the next month, which will be advertised in newspapers.
The CDA officials are expecting to generate more revenue from the auction as compared to the previous years. The CDA earned Rs 8 million from the auction of 13 signboards last time, but this year, the authority is expecting to make Rs 11 to Rs 12 million.
Separately, a scandal of allotment of plots worth Rs 112 million to the employees of the CDA in violation of rules and regulation has surfaced. 
According to the reports, six plots situated in Sector I8 were allotted to those CDA employees who had already received plots.
According to the departmental audit official, the civic authority’s administration was of the view that the four plots had been allotted on the directives of the Ministry of Law and Justice after approval of the prime minister at that time, and these allotments were according to the fixed quota of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation. 
On the other hand, according to reports, the civic authority had no such directives from the prime minister or the ministry until the finalisation of the audit report. The audit committee had asked the CDA to hold an inquiry in this regard and submit a detail reply, but the civic authority had failed to do so till date. 

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