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Old August 23rd, 2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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Peshawar Development authority for Galliyat reactivated

PESHAWAR, April 6: NWFP Local Government and Rural Development Minister Sardar Mohammad Idrees has said that the provincial government is taking necessary steps for the promotion of tourism and the Galliyat Development Authority has been reactivated.

Speaking at an open kutchery in Nathiagali on Thursday, the minister, who is chairman of the authority, said its board of directors had approved certain development schemes for Ayubia and Nathiagali. He said car parking facilities with a capacity for 200 vehicles in Nathiagali and 100 in Ayubia had been approved.

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Old August 24th, 2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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Move to set up diplomatic enclave in Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Aug 23: The federal government intends to establish a diplomatic enclave in Peshawar for consular missions and international organisations in view of the growing security problem in the city.

The foreign affairs ministry had recently approached the Frontier government for acquiring at least 150 acres in a suitable locality in the provincial capital for setting up the diplomatic enclave, official sources told Dawn.

There are seven consular missions and several international organisations based in Peshawar, which are mostly housed on rented premises.

Justifying the move for housing the foreign missions in one enclave, the foreign ministry argued that the missions, landlords, neighbours and government agencies often complained about disputes, non-availability of utility services and mainly security.

The presence of consular missions in commercial and residential areas was causing inconvenience to the public, it said.

Quoting a letter sent by the foreign ministry to the NWFP chief secretary, the sources said the United States embassy in Islamabad had approached the ministry for assistance in allotment of land for construction of a permanent building for the US consular mission in Peshawar. Currently, the consular missions are located in the city’s cantonment area, where unprecedented security arrangements have been made. The roads leading to the cantonment have been closed for traffic for the past couple of years, causing inconvenience to people and the issue has also been debated in the provincial assembly.Other countries having missions in Peshawar also wanted to acquire land for their permanent presence in the city, the letter maintained. The ministry expressed the apprehension that random acquisition of land by the countries concerned would lead to spreading of foreign missions with problems of security.

It said the number of foreign missions in Peshawar was likely to increase in view of its geo-strategic importance and provision for housing up to 25 missions in the enclave should be made.


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Old August 25th, 2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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Chinese abroad to be better protected

The Foreign Ministry will soon expand its consular services to better protect the interests of Chinese living or traveling abroad, a senior official said in Beijing on Tuesday.

"There are 34 million Chinese going abroad every year, and the figure is increasing at a double-digit rate," said Wei Wei, director of the department of consular affairs of the Foreign Ministry.

"The number of cases in which Chinese citizens get in trouble abroad has exceeded 30,000 a year," he noted.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the number of overseas Chinese workers is about 675,000, and the figure for Chinese companies abroad is more than 10,000.

Given the large number, there have been some tragic or unpleasant incidents.

Last month, two Chinese employees were arrested in Iran for mistakenly "taking pictures of sensitive facilities" because of lack of familiarity with the local situation.

On July 8, three Chinese nationals were killed in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar.

Eleven days later, a suicide bomber attacked a group of Chinese engineers in Baluchistan, southwest Pakistan.

The new consular protection center is upgraded from the 10-plus staff of the division of consular protection under Wei's department.

The center, which now has a staff of 20, will be enlarged gradually, said Ma Cuihong, deputy head of the center.

Also yesterday, the department issued a revised version of a brochure on consular protection and assistance.

"It comprises five parts, including special warnings, the services that consular officials can and cannot offer, as well as answers to frequently asked questions," said Wei, who handed the guidebooks to passengers and answered their questions at Beijing Capital International Airport.

Compared with the two previous versions issued in 2000 and 2003, the 2007 brochure is more practical and detailed, with additional contact information of relevant governmental institutions, especially Chinese embassies and consulates, said Wei.

The first batch of 50,000 copies will be mainly distributed at Beijing airport, and also at Shanghai and Guangzhou airports.

"We will ask our embassies and consulates to distribute the brochures abroad. Visitors can also download the content at www.fmprc.gov.cn," added Wei.

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Old August 28th, 2007, 09:51 AM   #4
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PESHAWAR: Second flyover planned for Peshawar intersection

PESHAWAR, Aug 27: The NWFP government has sanctioned Rs842 million for the construction of another flyover in the provincial capital. According to officials, the construction of the Mufti Mehmood Flyover at the Rehman Baba intersection, as part of the current Annual Development Programme, was aimed at reducing traffic congestion there.

A flyover at the same junction — from the Khyber Bazaar to the Grand Trunk Road — was completed a few months ago.

Officials said the recently-built flyover had helped in reducing traffic congestion near the intersection, but a parallel flyover on the Shershah Suri Road, near the Peshawar High Court and NWFP Assembly buildings, was essential as a long-term measure.

The flyover, proposed to be built in three years, has been named after former chief minister and father of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maulana Mufti Mehmood.

The provincial government has already named an English-medium school in Dera Ismail Khan district after Maulana Mufti Mehmood. Its estimated cost was Rs90 million.

Officials at the City Development and Municipal Department (CD&MD), the implementing agency for the project, explained that the construction plan had been prepared in accordance with technical inputs of the Nespak. The plan was reviewed at a meeting chaired by NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani a few days ago, they said.

At the meeting the chief minister asked the CD&MD officials to accelerate the project’s pace of work besides assigning certain tasks to various departments.

The project would adversely affect activities at the buildings of various government departments, including Radio Pakistan, Animal Husbandry, Traffic Headquarters and the offices of the works and services department, located near the Bacha Khan Chowk.

Nazim of Peshawar District Haji Ghulam Ali was directed to negotiate with the departments concerned while the Livestock Department would prepare a rehabilitation plan for its demolished structures.


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Old September 1st, 2007, 08:16 PM   #5
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ISB - PSH Motorway

Incomplete Flyover of Motorway connecting to Peshawar City

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Old October 22nd, 2007, 01:04 AM   #6
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Work on Marble City project to start shortly

PESHAWAR (October 21 2007): The NWFP Governor Lieutenant General Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai (Retd) has said that practical work on the establishment of Marble City, the first-ever project of its nature in Fata will be taken in hand shortly, which, he added had a great potential to generate economic activities in the area.

Talking after performing earth breaking ceremony for construction of Fata Development Authority Complex, the head offices building of newly established Fata Development Authority in Phase-V of Hayatabad here on Saturday, the governor said, "indeed the Marble City would be the first ever glaring achievement on the part of the authority as well, for which it had been working really hard since its inception".

Land acquisition process for the project, he added, has been completed and constant supply of the required level of electricity throughout the year will be ensured to make it fully useful and beneficial for the respective investors.

The complex, to be spread over a plot, measuring eight kanals, will have two portions with 4-storey and six storey buildings each and the former would be dedicated for the offices of the authority while the major part of the complex building would be meant for private offices to generate additional income for the authority. The entire project is expected to cost Rs 250 millions and will be completed in two years time.

In fact, the governor said, tremendous development activities are in progress in Fata and the President General Pervez Musharraf is taking keen interest in ensuring well being of the respective people.

Highlighting the importance of the construction of a proper office building for the authority, which at present is housed in a rented building, the governor said, it will definitely ensure congenial working environment for the respective officials.

With the availability of proper office premises, which would have all the required working facilities in accordance with modern day requirements, will definitely prove helpful to further improve the efficiency of the staff, he said.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #7
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NHA to complete Peshawar Northern Bypass project in 3 years

ISLAMABAD: The early construction of the 34 kilometres long Peshawar Northern Bypass at a cost of Rs 5.3 billion is among the top priorities of the National Highway Authority (NHA), a source in the Communications Ministry said on Sunday. The source said that the need for early completion of the project would increase due to the functioning of the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, that will soon begin.

He said that bottlenecks in the project were being sorted out in collaboration with the provincial government and the project would be completed in three years.

He said the project was handed over to the NHA in 2003 and initially a 26km long road was designed to be constructed as part of the Peshawar Ring Road project. He said that now an alternate design had been prepared. According to the new design, it will be a four-lane expressway that will link the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway with the Peshawar Torkham Expressway and will bypass the Hayatabad and Bara markets ending at the Takhta Beg Bridge near Jamrud. app

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:20 AM   #8
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Rail project to link Quetta and Peshawar

ISLAMABAD, Nov 1: The government will lay a broad-gauge railway track at an approximate cost of Rs7.6 billion to link Balochistan with the North-West Frontier Province.

Sources told Dawn on Thursday that the project would reduce the travel distance between Quetta and Peshawar by more than 400 kilometres.

The two-phase project, it may be mentioned, was approved by the PML-led coalition government in 2005 and at one stage it appeared to have been shelved. The project will link Quetta with Peshawar via Bostan, Zhob, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Kohat.

On completion, the project will provide shortest rail route from Gwadar to Peshawar for the Afghan traffic and to Havelian for onward connection with China via the Khunjerab Pass.

“It will help in realising the dream of turning Pakistan into an economic hub and centre of trade and business,” claims the ministry of railways.

In the first phase, track will be laid from Bostan to Qila Saifullah (152.5km) and in the second phase from Qila Saifullah to Zhob (142.5km).

The narrow gauge track on the 295km Bostan-Zhob section was laid in 1939. It was a low-speed track, with sharp curves and steep gradients.

The Planning Commission was informed that train operation on the sector had become inefficient, uneconomical and very slow. Operation on the route had been completely stopped in 1991 because of huge financial losses.

The project was first announced during President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s visit to Balochistan in April 2005.
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 10:13 PM   #9
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I wonder if the Peshawar-Torkham Expressway will be a motorway.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #10
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Islamabad Peshawar Motorway M1 completed

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Old November 9th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #11
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This 2-lane road is the motorway??
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:11 AM   #12
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Considering the fact ...that there is not much traffic on Islamabad-Lahore motorway....2 lanes on M1 is more than enough for a long period.

I am sure future extension has been taken into consideration..while planning.
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This 2-lane road is the motorway??
I am pretty sure thats actually M3. M1 is 6-lanes indeed.
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Islamabad Peshawar Motorway M1 completed

Here's a flyover with a proper curve. Why can't the engineers in Karachi make a smooth curve? What we get are wobbly curves made from a bunch of stright beams.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #15
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Those pillars sure look weird.
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Picture from flickr

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This 2-lane road is the motorway??
I am not sure why its two lane. I got the pic from Descon website.

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Old November 10th, 2007, 10:05 AM   #18
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Here's a flyover with a proper curve. Why can't the engineers in Karachi make a smooth curve? What we get are wobbly curves made from a bunch of stright beams.
Are you actually suggesting that they should spend time and money on that when the can cut corners (no pun intended)? That's preposterous!
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Old November 21st, 2007, 12:29 AM   #19
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Shamsul for a comprehensive plan for City’s beautification

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PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister Shamsul Mulk has asked the quarter concerned to hire a consultant of repute, who would determine the scale of development activities in social sectors in the City.

The City should have an entertainment park near the Motorway and the consultant be engaged for the planning and he would identify the needs in social sectors, said the chief minister while presiding over a meeting to discuss the state of developmental activities in Peshawar district at Chief Minister's Secretariat on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by ACS, secretary works & services, local government, finance, district nazim Peshawar, DCO Peshawar, chief engineer works & services and DG CDMD Peshawar.

The caretaker chief minister said that the Peshawar city plan should be sketched out professionally and we should know what the provincial government should do in the first go. The plan should also indicate the second and third phases for the developmental activities. He said that the first thing is to maintain the already laid down infrastructure.

Shams said that Pakistan was the frontline state and Frontier province was the frontline province against terrorism.

The price this province paid has been phenomenal and therefore it needed more attention in terms of developmental activities and re-constructing the damaged social sectors infrastructure.

He directed to inject resources for the developmental schemes to put them on fast track. Peshawar used to be the centre of ancient civilisations. It had been host to caravans from Central Asia and we should work to restore its lost glory.

He said Peshawar needed a beautification plan covering activities in all social sectors including education and health. He said that constructing a building for education, health or other social sectors means that the hard work has been done. He said that Peshawar needed an integrated development plan otherwise the forward moving would stay astray.

Shams said that the existing system is so weak to identify the poor to be subsidised by the government. This system has weak safety nets, therefore, it adds to the agony of a poor and the government could not get its targets. We should remove the weaknesses in the system so that we could identify the collective interest of the community.

He also asked for the traditional approach for the quality management. He asked for overcoming institutional deficiencies so that the system could work and the facilities give benefit to the target pollution.

The caretaker chief minister said that the works and services department should have an additional outfit of cadre quality inspectors that should be part of the implementation process. The inspection of the projects should be carried out as laid down by book specifications.

He also directed to accelerate the pace of work on the ongoing schemes in Peshawar and directed to put right the fundamental infrastructure of the City.

He directed for technical capacity building adding that if a scheme is completed, but it is not operational it becomes a scandal.

He said that Peshawar will be developed on modern lines and the services, sewerage and cleanliness should be put on modern line and thereafter it would be replicated while planning the development of other cities of the province.

He also asked for the sewerage treatment plants and waste disposal and directed the CD&MD to submit him a comprehensive report in this regard. He said that the decision-makers would think in the interest of the people of Peshawar and give them a better planning for the beautification and development of Peshawar City.

He said we should not ignore the reality that entertainment is part of health and asked for developing and entertainment-related plan to be established in Peshawar.

Shams said that the canal system should be protected from pollution otherwise it will threaten the eco-system and ultimately it will lead to epidemic diseases in Peshawar.

He said that any thing polluted could be reclaimed but the eco-system once polluted would require centuries to be reclaimed. Peshawar has no alternate drinking water resources and this source should be protected.

Referring to the tube-wells in Peshawar, the chief minister said that there should be a merit-based criteria that should carry the elements of minimum cost operation, maximum benefits for the people etc.

He said that the power and authority should be exercised in the public interest and the public interest should be protected through such powers.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 02:44 AM   #20
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This 2-lane road is the motorway??
Actually the two lane road is the GT Road and the flyover is the motorway access road.

If you have Google Earth, you can look up the location at: 33°49'15.51"N 72°37'17.85"E

It's near Wah Cantt.
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