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Engineering university project in limbo

Engineering university project in limbo

RAHIM YAR KHAN: The construction work of roads and boundary wall of Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT), Rahim Yar Khan, has been suspended because the district administration has not provided a substitute land to the Cholistan Rangers.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had inaugurated the project in April 2014 which had to be completed within two years.

The KFUEIT was planned on the 200 acre land of the Cotton Research Institute (CRI) on Abu Dhabi Road which was to be shifted to some other place.

After taking possession of the CRI land, 17 more acres were acquired privately and construction of roads and walls started on the project worth Rs195m. Seventy-five per cent work had been completed when it came to a halt.

According to the contractor, the main reason for a delay in the construction is the land in front of Abu Dhabi Road, owned by the Cholistan Rangers, where the Rangers had their offices and a school. There is no access to the KFUEIT land without passing through the Rangers’ land.

Former vice chancellor of UET Lahore retired Lt Gen Muhammad Akram had negotiated with the Rangers in Lahore, seeking the land whose substitute was to be provided by the district administration. His request was accepted but later the district administration did not show interest in the deal.

According to sources, the district administration wants to provide the substitute land to the Cholistan Rangers adjacent to their headquarters. But the rangers want the substitute land adjacent to the existing land on the Abu Dhabi Road attached to CRI because of its high market value.

The KFUEIT project administration wants the district administration immediately provide the substitute land to the Cholistan Rangers so that the suspended construction could be started.

The students of the first session of KFUEIT are taking classes in the building of the Government College of Technology whose building is not enough to accommodate its own students.

Public Relations Officer of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Major Ijaz Sindhu and project engineer were not available for their views.

DCO retired Capt Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said he had taken the charge recently and he would comment on this issue after visiting the site.

Published in Dawn, June 28th, 2015

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