Federal Minister for Housing and Works Syed Safwan Ullha Friday said that the construction of three new blocks in Pak Secretariat would be started from the first month of next year 2007.

“The construction of new blocks will be started from January 2007 with a cost of Rs 1,500 million,” said the minister while addressing a press conference. He was flanked by Secretary Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, Joint Secretary Ibrar Alam and other ministry officials.

“The construction work would be started in January 2007 and would be completed with in 30 month,” the minister said, adding that some ministries are in scattered places so complaints have to suffer plethora of problems. He said with the approval of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz new blocks including T, U and V will be constructed.

The government is also thinking about giving names to these blocks in the names of national’s heroes, he added. “It will be a basement plus nine-story building and parking facilities will also be ensuredin the new blocks,” he said, adding that for security point of view two doors will used for entrance in the building. To a question he said new buildings in the federal capital would be constructed according to new building codes. The minister said in new blocks medical store, canteen, utility stores will also be provided to facilitate the people. He said the prime minister has given approval of the design of new blocks after reviewing various options presented by the Ministry of Housing and Works and NESPAK.

New blocks will be cost effective and in line with the best international practices, he added.

Source: The Nation