Ar­chi­tects blame Sindh govt for ces­sa­tion of con­struc­tion events

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Pak­istan (IAP) has al­leged that Sindh govern­ment is re­spon­si­ble for the ces­sa­tion of con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in Karachi and has de­manded of the govern­ment to es­tab­lish a supreme body for the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of the fi­nan­cial hub of Pak­istan to mit­i­gate var­i­ous is­sues of the city.

This was told by del­e­gates of In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Pak­istan here on Wed­nes­day dur­ing a visit to ABAD House by IAP del­e­ga­tion led by its Chair­man Ramiz Baig.

For­mer Chair­man and rul­ing panel's Pa­tron-inchief Mohsin Sheikhani, Chair­man ABAD Muham­mad Has­san, Se­nior Vice Chair­man An­war Dawood, Vice Chair­man Ab­dul Karim Ad­hia, Chair­man South­ern Re­gion Ibrahim Habib and a num­ber of ABAD mem­bers were present on this oc­ca­sion.

Ramiz Baig said that a num­ber of other al­lied in­dus­tries are also come to a halt due to ban on con­struc­tion of high-rise build­ings in Karachi. Not only that but engi­neers and ar­chi­tects are also af­fected by stop­page of con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the city, he said adding that IAP will work with As­so­ci­a­tion of Builders and De­vel­op­ers of Pak­istan (ABAD) for tak­ing Karachi out of this cri­sis.

Speak­ing on this oc­ca­sion, for­mer chair­man of IAP, said that the Supreme Court of Pak­istan has to en­force ban on con­struc­tion of high-rise build­ings in Karachi due to lack of in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties and wa­ter cri­sis.

He lamented that de­spite pas­sage of 19 months of ban on con­struc­tion of high-rise build­ings in the mega city, Sindh govern­ment has not taken any step to end wa­ter cri­sis and build in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties to mit­i­gate these is­sues. He said that the ba­sic prob­lem of Karachi is in­ef­fec­tive Mas­ter Plan of the city and that is the rea­son why a high-pow­ered Supreme body for the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the city is re­quired.

The govern­ment should in­clude all stake-hold­ers in­clud­ing DHA, Can­ton­ment boards, KPT etc, and pow­ers be given to the body to pre­pare mas­ter plan of the city. He said that the Supreme Court of Pak­istan has taken a pos­i­tive step by tak­ing no­tice of wa­ter cri­sis in Karachi, but,

un­for­tu­nately, the govern­ment of Sindh is yet to take any step to­wards this is­sue de­spite clear or­ders

KARACHI: Sindh Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter I n f o r m a t i o n T e c h n o l o g y , En­vi­ron­ment and Coastal Author­ity, Nawab Taimur Talpur said that safety and se­cu­rity is our top Pri­or­ity and Sindh govern­ment is work­ing on "Safe City" Pro­ject, he was dis­cussing this pro­ject in a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing Tues­day with the del­e­ga­tion of NRTC ( Na­tional Ra­dio Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion) who is us­ing lat­est tech­nol­ogy for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous tech­no­log­i­cal projects in the en­tire coun­try, says a Press re­lease.

This del­e­ga­tion com­prise on Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Bri­gadier ( Retd) Tofeeq Ahmed, Com­man­der ( Retd) Ra­heel Ma­sood, Bri­gadier ( Retd) Pervez As­lam, Syed of the Apex Court. He said that IAP will send a let­ter to the SCP with sug­ges­tions to end wa­ter cri­sis in the city and I hope we will able to bring the city on fi­nan­cial track for the bet­ter­ment of the city as well as the coun­try.

An­other lead­ing mem­ber of IAP Shahid Ab­dul­lah pro­posed to build sep­tic tanks on var­i­ous Nal­lah in the city to re­cy­cle waste wa­ter. ABAD lead­er­ship given him go ahead to build such wa­ter re­cy­cling plants in the city.

Ear­lier ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, Chair­man ABAD Muham­mad Has­san Bak­shi briefed that more than Rs. 600 bil­lion has been stopped due to ban on con­struc­tion of high­rise build­ings in Karachi.

He said that the Apex court has al­lowed con­struc­tion of ground plus six build­ings dur­ing last Jan­uary but Sindh Build­ing Con­trol Author­ity has not granted a sin­gle ap­proval in this re­gard be­cause Karachi Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Board (KW&SB) is not giv­ing NOC for wa­ter con­nec­tion.

He lamented that thou­sands of peo­ple in­clud­ing engi­neers and ar­chi­tects are los­ing their jobs due to ban on con­struc­tion of high-rise build­ings.

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