LAHORE: The Defence Housing Authority formally started the development of Phase VI and VII on Friday. Pakistan Army’s engineer-in-chief, Lieutenant General Shahid Niaz was the chief guest on the occasion.

Defence Housing Authority administrator, Brigadier Fazal Nawaz Khan, said the occasion symbolised the DHA’s commitment to complete the development of Phase VI in record time. He said the development contracts for Phase VI had been awarded to Saadullah Khan and Brothers (SKB), the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), and the National Logistics Cell (NLC).

General Niaz, the chief guest, elaborated upon the development in the DHA in general, and in Phases VI and VII in particular. He said that the development of the two phases would herald a positive change in real estate development of the city’s housing societies. He mentioned some of the projects that the DHA was undertaking including, foreign direct investment, Defence Raya Golf and Country Club, the DHA’s adoption of the Charrar Village, the DHA optic fibre project and the establishment of a foreign university (the Pak-Austrian Technology University).

Niaz said that foreign and domestic investors were being offered land for establishing theme parks, shopping malls, five-star hotels, business centres, hospitals, and recreational facilities. This would improve the stature of the DHA and boost the national economy, he said. The general mentioned plans to build an overhead road over Walton Road. He also informed the gathering about the interchanges of the Lahore Ring Road that were planned at the Phase V and VI junctions. He said that the Pak-Austrian Technology University would be established in Phase VII. President General Pervez Musharraf laid the foundation stone on November 18, he added. He said a link road between Phase IV and V had been completed and would be opened for use in a month.

Military officials, real estate salesmen, and several DHA residents also attended the event.

Source: Daily Times