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Senate body wants completion of Bhara Kahu housing project

Senate body wants completion of Bhara Kahu housing project
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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works on Monday recommended the completion of Bara Kahu Islamabad housing project in the light of Supreme Court orders and directed action against elements involved in any corruption in it. The committee, chaired by Senator Shahi Syed, also decided to form a sub-committee to monitor progress of the project which would submit the report to the standing committee fortnightly.
Apart from the Bara Kahu project, the committee also discussed the quota list for allotment of plots in it, non-payment of salaries in Pak PWD and prime minister’s initiative of constructing three and five marlas housing units for the poor people.
Joint secretary Housing & Works Ministry briefed the committee about the Bara Kahu project saying the agreement had been signed with Green Tree Company for land acquisition and development work for the project. A total of Rs1.7 billion has been paid for the land acquisition and Green Tree Company transferred 3,153 kannals of land to the ministry in this regard.
He told the committee that as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the company would pay the amount as per the work it carried out.
It was informed that the plots had been categorised grade-wise. A kannal of plot has been valued at Rs.9,50,000 whereas development charges has been fixed at Rs2.3 million for one kanal plot.
A total of 24,000 people have been registered for the scheme including 20,306 government servants, 2,807 employees of semi-government organisations, 800 retired employees and 98 widows.
The quota-wise plot allotment suggests that fifty percent plots would be specified for government servants as well as judges of Supreme Court, high courts and Federal Shariat Court. Retired government employees have twenty percent share, ten percent for employees of semi-government organisations and four percent for widows of those employees who died during the service.
Committee, however, expressed dissatisfaction over plot allotment quota and called for its revision. 
It also showed concern over corruption on the project and recommended that department action should be taken against those involved in it.
About non-payment salaries in Pak PWD, committee directed that efforts should be made to resolve the issue to save the employees from hardships.

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