Karachi: The annual meeting of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) governing body on Sunday approved a budget of Rs 7.73 billion for various development projects of the authority for the fiscal year 2009-2010.

The meeting also reviewed the ongoing development projects and other policy matters of the DHA. The body’s chairman Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Syed Athar Ali presided over the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention that in the fiscal year 2008-09, Rs 9 billion had been earmarked for the DHA’s development projects.

DHA Administrator Brig Khalid Tirmizi presented the progress report and reiterated that the authority was poised to move forward with a vision and a well-defined strategy to ensure it remains a versatile organisation ready to perform.

The governing body chairman urged the DHA to approach special projects with a positive approach and to move forward on a fast track basis to maintain the credibility of the organization.

He ordered completion of the Gizri flyover including installation of sound barriers and road lights and the refurbishment of the flyover’s surrounding roads at the earliest. The governing body expressed satisfaction over the efficacy and working of newly laid drains in the DHA areas that swiftly drained rainwater during last monsoon rains.

The governing body was informed that the infrastructure development at the upcoming DHA City on Super Highway would commence from Dec 2010 after undertaking town planning on modern lines.

Source: Daily Times