Karachi: A representative delegation of Defence Residents Society (DRS) led by its President Zafar Iqbal visited Defence Housing Authority’s Main Office here today and held a meeting with Administrator DHA Brig Khalid Tirmizi to discuss various problems of the residents.
The meeting was also attended by CEO Cantt Board Clifton Ms Zeenat Ahmed and Addl CEO CBC Sardar Taimur Durrani including concerned DHA/CBC officials.
Brig Tirmizi welcoming the delegation said that greater involvement, interaction and participation of residents in DHA’s affairs was vital for achieving the goals of efficient and healthy civic life. He said that DHA attached immense importance to the views, feedback and suggestions of residents while formulating its policies and its development strategy.
The project consultant Dr Lakhani informed the meeting that the work on reconstruction/rehabilitation of damaged roads along the newly laid storm water drains in DHA was going on in full swing. He said that road construction was a specialized engineering venture which involved certain time consuming stages including laying of foundation, resurfacing and re-sloping of roads etc before final carpeting is done.
The Administrator reiterated in un equivocal terms that the 50 Kms long road network being built in DHA at a cost of Rs. 700 million would be completed in all respects before 30 June’ 2009 positively.
The delegation was informed that after the verdict of Sindh High Court the modified design of Gizri Flyover is being changed in accordance with its original parameters. The flyover will now terminate at Kh-e-Shamsheer – Hafiz intersection instead of Total Petrol Pump. Senior Proj Dir DHA said that the process to address the stipulated environmental concerns as required by EPA has been initiated and the flyover project would be completed by Dec’ 2009.
The Administrator informed the delegation that the repair work of stalled DHA Desalination Project had been inordinately delayed due to lingering financial dispute between the Cogen Company and Plant’s Manufacturer. He said that the dispute resolution between the two stakeholders was getting closer and it is hoped that the project would soon become operational.
Administrator DHA stated that the security system in DHA/CBC areas was being revamped by DHA Vigilance with support of private security companies. He said that surveillance cameras are being stalled at ten major entry points of DHA and joint night patrolling in co-ordination with civil police has already started which has brought down the crime rate in DHA by 25%.
CEO CBC informed the meeting that a survey conducted revealed that 2500 manhole covers were missing at various locations in DHA. She said that the same are being replaced by newly manufactured versatile covers with improved specifications and strength. All the open holes in DHA would be covered and fixed by new covers in six weeks time.
Source: DHA Karachi