Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: The Senate Committee on Capital Administration and Development Friday discussed the alarming situation of non-availability of water in different areas of Islamabad and was shocked to know that Islamabad only has water reserves for 10 or 15 more days if it does not rain in the next few days.
Senate Standing Committee on Capital Administration and Development in its meeting on Friday sought complete details of the lease agreement with Monal Restaurant prior to the next meeting of the Committee and has asked for any and all information of previous litigation in this regard, amount of tax collected, number and details of bidders, amount of rent and law regarding constructing a restaurant and continuously expanding it in the area that is declared national park.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar here at the Parliament House on Friday and was attended among others by Senators Nighat Mirza, Saadia Abbasi, Kalsoom Parveen, Secretary Capital Administration and Development, Member Finance CDA, Member Planning CDA, Member Engineering CDA among others.
The Committee was given briefing by Director of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad that the process for auction of the building in Pir Sohawa was initiated in 2005 and out of 8 bidders the land and building was given on a lease for 15 years to the company with the highest bid and with technical soundness in 2006 with the agreement to end in 2021. The Committee chairman, however, observed that in order to believe that this bidder came with the best price, the Committee needs to see details of all bids submitted at that time.
The members of the Committee were surprised to know that the company gives a monthly rent of 260,000 rupees and sought details of the lease agreement. The Committee was told by Member Finance CDA that after an investigation of FIA and a case in High Court on the matter, it was taken up by PAC last year which had directed that after completion of the agreement in 2021, it is not to be renewed to the same party again but the process should be initiated again from the start. The Committee will take up the matter again in the next meeting.
The matter of construction of high rise flats on an area designated for park in the residential society by Pakistan Housing Authority near Kurri Road was also discussed. Member Planning CDA told the meeting that on receiving complaints about this construction CDA has rejected PHA’s request for NOC against their layout plan and has served them notices that their construction is illegal.