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Old May 20th, 2011, 01:52 AM   #5341
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Data Gunj Bakhsh Town: TMO plans to build four food streets

The Data Ganj Bakhsh Town (DGBT) administration says it will start construction of four food streets within a month.

Ali Abbas Bukhari, the DGBT town municipal officer (TMO), told The Express Tribune that the administration was determined to execute the plan and development funds for the projects were available.

“I want to make sure the work starts this month. It might take some more time, but it definitely will be done,” he said.

Bukhari said that the town administration was earning enough revenue through commercialisation fees to fund the projects.

But other officials of the DGBT were incredulous about the TMO’s claim to have sufficient funds. They said that the projects might take much longer than the TMO expected, if they were executed at all.

The four roads selected by the DGBT for building food streets are Alamgir Road in Krishan Nagar, Mehar Road in Rajgarh, Nabha Road in Old Anarkali, and a section of the road in front of Data Darbar, starting from Pilot Hotel and ending at Shahzad Hotel in Bhati Chowk.

According to the office of the TMO, the estimated cost converting the rods to food streets will be Rs12.214 million for Alamgir Road; Rs6.873 million for Mehar Road; Rs3.73 million for Nabha Road; and Rs5.063 million for the road in front of Data Darbar. The development work will include building sidewalks, fibre glass shades, street lights and carpeting of the roads.

Three of these roads apart from the road in front of Data Darbar are already occupied by restaurants and food kiosks.

Bukhari said that converting Nabha Road into a food street was the first priority. He said that negotiations with a few sponsors to revamp road were underway.

About Alamgir Road and Mehar Road, he said that around 80 per cent of the shops on these roads were already in the food business and were visited by a large number of customers.

What about parking spaces?
The restaurant owners have welcomed the town administration’s plan and are hopeful about its success. Some of them, however, expressed reservations about the parking issues that might arise due to roadside sitting arrangements for their customers.

Malik Haroon, a restaurant owner at Alamgir Road, said that the plans should include the creation of a proper parking area.

“Parking is the main issue in this area. There is no free land that can be used as a parking lot by the food street customers.” He said the shop owners would cooperate with the administration and take care of the installations on the streets. Kashif Ali, a shopkeeper near Data Darbar, voiced concern over the homeless people and shrine visitors who spent their days on footpaths in the area. “Most of them are drug addicts and would definitely be a problem for the food street visitors.”

He said that people were not allowed to park vehicles in front of the shrine, so they parked them in vacant spaces in the streets around the shrine. “The administration should develop a parking plan before they build the food street,” he added.

Bukhari told The Tribune that the administration was also considering expanding the roads. “We cannot stop the food business on the roads, so why not develop the roads and earn some revenue.”

He said that various plans were under consideration to tackle the challenges of converting these roads into food streets. “The food streets will not be closed for traffic as we know this will create problems for the shop owners and the customers as well as for the administration.”
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Old May 21st, 2011, 10:51 AM   #5342
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LAHORE:

The Lahore Development Authority decided on Friday to develop two new housing societies in the city.

These societies would be established on Ferozepur Road and Raiwind Road. The decision was taken in a governing body meeting chaired by Ahad Khan Cheema, the DCO and ex-officio chairman of the LDA. The meeting decided to conduct topographic surveys and obtain satellite images of areas along the two roads to select suitable locations for the housing societies. LDA’s chief metropolitan planner Waseem ahmed Khan was directed to start work on the surveys.

The governing body agreed to increase the compensation amount for corner shops and 43 tuck shops in the Kot Lakhpat vegetables and fruit market. An LDA team negotiating with traders about the shifting of the market to Gajju Matta had proposed the raise for the two categories.
The meeting also decided to set up a Finance and Trade Centre on a 1123-kanal plot beside the Expo Centre in Johar Town.

The LDA decided to hold an open auction for the 15 shops on the lower-ground floor and 19 on the ground floor of Park and Ride Plaza at Liberty Market in the first week of July.

The meeting approved construction of a building for the Model Girls High School in Block-B/2 of Gujjarpura Scheme.

A request would soon be sent to the Education Department in this regard.

It rejected a proposal for allotment of a plot in Model Town Extension Scheme (plot No 2 in M-Block) to the Pakistan Engineering Council to compensate for one ( plot No 11 in M-Block) allotted to it but currently occupied by the Women Development and Welfare Centre.

The proposal was rejected on the grounds that the PEC was not a government department.

The meeting also turned down a suggestion to allot land at the backside of Surayya Azeem Hospital to the people evicted from the land used in the extension of Chauburji Chowk.

Rs400 million collected in two months

The Recovery Directorate of the LDA collected Rs400 million in the last two and a half months under the annual and permanent commercialisation fees, the meeting was told.

Under the LDA’s special recovery campaign, these teams were going from door to door in the LDA controlled areas to collect the fee. The teams were authorised to seal properties whose owners failed to clear their dues.

The meeting decided that properties on 37 roads (or road segments) in the LDA areas should be permanently commercialised. The owners would soon be served notices in this regard.

These roads include:

Jail Road; Main Boulevard of Gulberg; MM Alam Road, Gulberg; a portion of Hali Road in Gulberg (from property No 136 and 64 E-1 to property No 114 and 73 E-1), Stadium Road as well as Noor Jehan Road, Gulberg; The Mall; Tariq Road, Link MM Alam Road; the road behind Liberty Market; Firdaus Market Road; two Gulberg Main Market link roads (Shezan Bakery side and Auriga Centre side); a portion of Ghalib Road next to Chen One; Main Boulevard of Garden Town; Main Boulevard of Allama Iqbal Town; Main Boulevard of Shadman; Maulana Shaukat Ali Road (from 1- Canal Bridge to Model Town Link Road Junction); College Road, Township (Akbar Chowk to Ghazi Chowk); Ferozepur Road (from Qartaba Chowk to Chungi Amar Sidhu); Sher Shah Road, Gujjarpura; Al-Madina Road, Township; Bagrian Road, Township; Main Boulevard of Samanabad; the approach road to Tajpura; a portion of the road passing through the Civic Centre in Garden Town; Model Town Link Road; Hamdard Jail Road (from Plot No 1223-5-D/II to Ghazi Chowk); Shabbir Usmani Road (Y-Junction to Maulana Shaukat Ali Road); Main Boulevard of Shadbagh; College Road, Gulberg (from property No 9 and 10, K Block, to property No 6-H and 24-H); Park Road; Ali Zeb Avenue ( from property 1 J-Block to 6 J-Block Gulberg 3); Link MM Alam Road (from property No 9, T-Block, Gulberg-2, to No14, T-Block, Gulberg-2); Guru Manget Road (only the right side coming from College Road); Abul Hasan Isfahani Road, Faisal Town (only properties No 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34 in B-Block, Faisal Town); portion of Race Course Road; Chamber of Commerce Road (from properties No1 to 6); Link Road Main Boulevard of Garden Town (from properties No13, 14, 47, 48, 80 to 85 Babar Block, New Garden Town) and Wahdat Road (from Ferozepur Road to property No69-C, New Muslim Town).

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2011.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 12:06 PM   #5343
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Canal Rd got new reflectors on side lines ... looks like a runway when there is no power or light at night

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Old May 21st, 2011, 05:44 PM   #5344
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there is no electricity ...its luk like a dark city ...
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Old May 21st, 2011, 08:45 PM   #5345
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It was about 3 AM and right about dark city ... the street lights are not turned on to save power , only few on a road with a long margin would be turned on ... this cause chaos when there's fog and the only think which saves & drives you home are these reflectors.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 08:56 PM   #5346
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Public space: LDA proposes six more parking plazas



The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has proposed six more parking plazas in the city, including four on Circular Road, one of the most congested streets in Lahore. The other two proposed sites for parking plazas are at the City Railway Station and on Model Town Link Road.

The LDA is currently working on building a parking plaza at Neela Gumbad, though the project appears to have hit delays. Officials of the Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Agency (TEPA) told the Tribune three weeks ago that tenders for the construction of the plaza would be invited in mid-May, but this has not been done. The reason for the delay is believed to be a shortage of funds, as the authority recently released Rs1.6 billion for the shifting of the fruit and vegetables market at Kot Lakhpat.

The four sites on Circular Road where plazas have been proposed include the historic garden outside Mochi Gate, the site of political meetings for decades. The proposed plaza will be on 10 kanals and include two basements able to hold around 400 vehicles. The project will include rehabilitation of the ground and cost Rs180.5 million.

The second plaza is to be built on six kanals in a ground outside Delhi Gate. It will have two basements able to accommodate some 300 vehicles and will cost Rs110 million.

The third proposed site is an eight-kanal plot outside Shah Alam Gate. The plaza will be able to hold 350 vehicles and cost Rs150 million.

The fourth plaza is to be built on 10 kanals outside Masti gate. The land, currently a garden, will be rehabilitated after the construction of a plaza with two basements that can accommodate 395 vehicles at an estimated cost of Rs180 millions.

The LDA is also planning to start shuttle bus services from these plazas to various markets on Circular Road to encourage commuters to park their cars at the plazas rather than at the markets. All four plazas will be constructed as public private partnerships on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

The other two parking plazas will be funded by the LDA. The City Railway Station parking plaza will be constructed on 8 kanals and 2 marlas of land currently being used as a taxi stand. The structure will have five storeys, including a basement. It will cost around Rs364 million and be able to accommodate 500 vehicles.

The Model Town Link Road parking plaza will be a 10-storey structure including two basements built over 7 kanals and 15 marlas. It will cost an estimated Rs697 million and be able to accommodate over 1,200 vehicles.

TEPA Director Israr Saeed said the Circular Road plazas will be used purely for parking, while the other two plazas will also have space for commercial activities. He said that the four plazas on Circular Road would be built on a BOT basis while the other plazas would be funded by the LDA.

Saeed said that all the proposed sites were either the property of the LDA or the Parks and Horticulture Authority. Pakistan Railways has agreed to allow the construction of the parking plaza on its land after negotiations, he said. Asked when work on these sites might start, Saeed said once construction of the Neela Gumbad parking plaza begins, they would decide when to start work on the other plazas.

Feasibility studies for the six proposed plazas are underway, he added.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 08:54 AM   #5347
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LAHORE, May 22: The Lahore Metro System agreement signed between the Punjab government and a Chinese firm is costlier than the similar plan made by the previous government, say officials and technical experts.

The PML-N government had rejected the previous plan for which the Asian Development Bank had committed a soft loan of $1 billion on many `grounds`. One of them was that the modern facility in Lahore will create envy among the people of other cities in the province.

The officials and experts question whether the government has now made some arrangement under which this expected `envy` will not be generated by the metro by the Chinese firm which they claim has no experience of the subject.

The experts and the officials talked to Dawn on the condition of anonymity and raised many objections to the project.

According to them, the agreement has been signed with a single source which they allege has no experience of laying and running metro. An international competition would have given better cost and access to superior technology.

The company supposed to provide the facility has no previous experience in the field and the project is likely to end up being sub-contracted, they say.

The government is saying that the Chinese company is ready to provide a facility at the green line at a cost of $1.87 billion which look costly. The green line runs from Hamza Town, Shahdara to Kot Lakhpat via Ravi Road, Bhati Chowk, Lower Mall, The Mall, Queen`s Road, Mozang Chungi and Ferozepur Road.

The previous project for the same line was estimated to cost $2.4 billion and the estimates were made on the price index of 2006. The Punjab government was to contribute $400 million in the shape of land and removal of utilities.

The Asian Development Bank was to provide an easy $1 billion infrastructure loan, also arranging foreign investment of an equal amount for the rolling stock (system and operations).

Officials and experts say that nobody has explained what will the Chinese company doing with the announced $1.87 billion. If this cost includes civil construction, rolling stock and system operations, it is likely that the authorities at the helm of affairs are going to cut corners or make compromises on quality.

The previous government was going to pick the infrastructure cost ($1 billion from the ADB). And operations would have been fairly viable on the fare and ridership. They say that as told by the Punjab government, the Chinese company will arrange a bank loan of $1.87 billion which looks costly, accepting the loan liability much bigger than the $1 billion of the ADB. This is likely to make the financial viability highly questionable.

Under the previous arrangements, the government was not required to pay any subsidy because of the foreign investment of $1 billion for systems and operations.

Now there is an express loan of $1.87 billion without any private-sector investment for the operations and systems. Therefore, the experts and official fear the government will have to provide huge operational subsidies.

But, they say, one should keep in mind that many medium rails (metros) have failed because the operational subsidies are cumbersome and difficult to sustain. The facilities flopped in Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur due to the same reason.

Officials and experts say the redesigning of the Kalma Chowk is going to create a major problem for the metro project because it has been started without any detailed study and assessing its economic rate of return.

The metro, as per the disclosures by the government, will run underground from Ferozepur Road (near Kalma Chowk) to Ravi Road. But the redesigning would require deeper digging at Kalma Chowk and make going underground from near the General Hospital bridge, increasing the cost manifold.

From Dawn.com May 23, 2011
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 09:17 AM   #5348
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Karachi once gave a contract (or was talking about one) for a maglev (!!!) from North Nazimabad to Saddar to some American company. It only existed on the internet and someone made some nice money out of duping us. I think it was back in 2007 or 08.
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that was back in 2004. I saw that on TV
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 11:17 AM   #5350
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Can't be 2004. I joined SSC in 2006 and we discussed it over here, I think Metropole (Karachiite back then) found the website. Unless we did that TWICE!
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 01:25 PM   #5351
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Bhatta Chowk Progress Review...
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Old May 24th, 2011, 12:42 AM   #5352
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looks lyk its ready to be opened. lane marking seems to be done
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Old May 25th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #5353
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Completed part of Garden Town Blvd....!!

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Old May 25th, 2011, 08:13 PM   #5354
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some pics of the Cine Gold Cinema in Bhairia Town....





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Update on Multan Road.. sabzazar to thokar portion is up and ready!!

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Good updates sultan bro, I hope Multan road turns out to be a good one after finishing, at the moment everything along both sides of the road looks like demolished!
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CM Shahbaz Visits Development Work Bhatta Chowk:

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agreed, there needs to be walk-ways. We need to trim down the green belt and remove those flower pots for a proper foot-path.
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LDA to frame new rules for trade centre

The Lahore Development Authority will frame special building regulations for its finance and trade centre, which will be developed on 1,123 kanals adjacent to Expo Centre in Johar Town.

Work on the project would be initiated after a subsoil survey of the site and getting an NOC from the Civil Aviation Authority, as
no height limit for buildings has been proposed, an official involved in the planning of the project told Dawn on Wednesday.

Under the prevalent building regulations, four basements can be built on a plot measuring more than four kanals. At the new centre, five basements would be allowed. “The mandatory side space on a plot measuring more than 20 kanals will be 15 feet compared to 20 feet elsewhere,” said the official.

The commercial area of the centre would be on 111 kanals and a corporate office and LDA tower on 101 kanals.

A superstore would be built on 90 kanals, a five star hotel on 114 kanals, bank square on 69 kanals, a health club on 27 kanals, a hospital on 25 kanals, a mosque on five kanals, recreation area on 75 kanals, parking and mini golf club on 32 kanals and a park and lake on 42 kanals. About 40 kanals have been reserved for multi-storey apartments, eight kanals for the service area and 388 kanals for roads.
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