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NAB seeks presentation on FDA City project

NAB seeks presentation on FDA City project

FAISALABAD: The National Accountability Bureau has taken up the issue of FDA City, a mega housing scheme, announced by the Faisalabad Development Authority in 2005.

The FDA officials will apprise the NAB of number of plots sold so far, current status, details of plots and projected time of completion of the scheme.

NAB has taken up the issue after more than a decade of its announcement and people have invested billions of rupees in the housing project. Only two houses have recently been constructed here as neither the electricity nor water is available.

However, a couple of weeks ago, FDA Acting Director General Yawar Husain had made arrangements for electricity in A-block completely and F-block partially.

Both blocks are situated at front side of the colony comprising 1,815 acres set up on Sargodha Road adjacent to Faisalabad Motorway. The block-A has 1,664 plots of 10-marla and 1-kanal and F consists of 1,625 plots.

The colony has about 10,664 residential plots designed in three categories - 5, 10-marla and one kanal - situated at five blocks - A to F. It has 2,900 plots of 5-marla, 4,474 of 10-marla and 3,290 of 1-kanal.

As many as 7,126 plots, including 1,585 of B-block, 1,531 of C, 1,882 of D and 2,128 of E still lack electricity.

Through a letter the NAB has asked the FDA director general to depute an officer to submit details about the total land acquired and the land mutated in the name of the FDA City, layout plan and NOC (if any), the number of exemption files (if any), quantum of booking and amount received from general public till date, detail of contract regarding outsourcing of town planning of the scheme, details of payments to the town planners (if any) and projected time of the project.

In 2013, the then acting DG FDA, Noorul Ameen Mengal, who is serving as DCO now, had said efforts had been initiated to establish school, police station, dispensary, mosque and other promised facilities.

However, during a visit to the housing scheme, this correspondent observed that only a board carrying signs of mosque, park and Divisional Public School (junior section), FDA city campus, has been erected. And nothing is on the ground even after three years.

Former Faisalabad commissioner Sardar Akram Javeed (late) had laid the foundation of the school on May 26, 2014 and only foundation stone is present.

A rose garden had also been established by former DG FDA Waheed Akhtar Ansari on April 23, 2013. The park is locked and it has few plants carrying flowers.

Ashfaq Ahmed, a plot holder, said more than 11,000 families were suffering owing to the negligence of the FDA officials. He said the officials had received more than Rs10 billion in 2005 and promised that the housing scheme would be developed by 2007.

“One can check that houses have not been constructed in the scheme so far owing to unavailability of water and electricity. The current administration is focusing on the A and F blocks as a number of government officials have purchased plots in these blocks,” he added.

Acting DG FDA Yawar Husain said efforts were on to provide electricity to the entire housing scheme by the end of this year. He said the FDA officials were in regular contact with the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company.

Another purchaser of the plot, Mohammad Zahid, said the current director general seemed active so far as development was concerned.

Yawar Husain told Dawn that NAB had asked the FDA for the presentation like the bureau got on the LDA City.

He said an officer had been deputed according to the NAB instructions.

“Nothing is unusual in this issue as NAB has been examining mega projects,” he said.

Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2016

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