Category Archives: Abbottabad News

Modern FIR Rooms in urban police stations soon

Courtesy: Naya Pakistan Facebook Page
News Source: http://www.aaj.tv/2015/02/modern-fir-rooms-in-urban-police-stations-soon/

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Chinese investor group to invest $1billion in two Mega Housing Schemes in KP

A high level team of Chinese investors group in housing sector called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak at CM Secretariat Peshawar and offered investment of one billion dollars in two mega housing schemes in the province. The group participants also lauded decision of KP Govt to launch mega housing schemes with availability of all basic civic amenities including safety and security in view of the residential requirements of the ever increasing population of the province especially in the provincially metropolis and assured all out support in implementing it. These schemes besides Mega Education City M-1 Nowshera and Mega Sports City Peshawar also included New City Abbottabad and New City & Tourism Resort Booni Chitral.

Pervez Khattak during deliberations with the group led by Mr Ma Shi Jing CEO of Shanghai Company made it clear that though both the mega projects would be big cities with all housing facilities and availability of basic amenities on scientific lines but these are named as Education and Sports cities with sole aim to project importance of education and sports by the PTI-led coalition govt as well as promote it there with allocation of 15-30% area for it respectively. Besides Speaker KP Assembly Haji Asad Qaisar, Provincial Minister for Higher Education and Information Mushtaq Jadoon, Advisor to CM on Housing Dr Amjad Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Planning & Development Mian Khaleequr Rehman. Chairman CM Complaint Cell and Advisor to CM on Investment Haji Dilroze Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Housing Engr. Zahid Arif, high ups of relevant departments and experts from private sector were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the need for new housing schemes to meet the residential requirements of the growing population and reduce pressure on the existing urban localities was direly felt for long period but unfortunately the past regimes did not give heed to this crucial sector as well. That was why he said he directed the quarters concerned to take effective and result oriented measures to this effect on emergency grounds. CM said that since consultants had been hired for initiating work on developmental schemes therefore, there the execution of the schemes was being started with a vigour adding that now progress on the schemes would be quite visible. He said that all the proposed housing schemes would not be executed by the housing department itself rather a separate construction company be formed for their execution with entire responsibility of implementation, timely completion, quality of work and payments etc. He welcomed offer of the Chinese company for large scale investment in housing sector of the province in this backdrop.
Mega Education City project:
Pervez Khattak assured that all these schemes are planned to be of international standard equipped with all modern civic facilities. Briefing the participants about the proposed Mega Education City project, Secretary Housing Department Engr Zahid Arif told that 80,000 acres of land had been identified for Education mega city near Kernal Sher Khan Interchange on Motorway M-1 while section-IV has been imposed for the acquisition of the land, whereas pre-feasibility of the project was also completed and presented to the competent authority. Similarly, hiring the planning and designing of the project is in final stages by consultant firm of international repute. He told, 30% of the total area of the scheme will be specified for educational institutions including universities wherein state of the art centers for education and research will be established. It was further revealed that practical work on the project (education city) was about to be this year.
Mega Sport City Peshawar:
Regarding the proposed Mega Sport City Peshawar it was told by the authorities of housing department that the scheme would be setup on a total area of more than 14000 acre situated between Peshawar and Nowshera. The scheme to be setup with an estimated cost of Rs.1.5 to 2.00 trillion, will be five times bigger than Hayatabad Township in size and would thus cater the residential needs of more than six lacs people, it was told.

The Chief Minister said that he had directed the concerned high ups to execute these projects phase wise under public private partnership (PPP) wherein investors including Shanghai Company’s participation would be a high welcome. He said that all the housing schemes in KP would not be confined to paper works only rather it would be put on ground, and the mistakes committed in the execution of the previous projects would not be repeated.
Photo: CM meets Chinese investor group for $1b investment in two Mega Housing Schemes in KP

A high level team of Chinese investors group in housing sector called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak at CM Secretariat Peshawar and offered investment of one billion dollars in two mega housing schemes in the province. The group participants also lauded decision of KP Govt to launch mega housing schemes with availability of all basic civic amenities including safety and security in view of the residential requirements of the ever increasing population of the province especially in the provincially metropolis and assured all out support in implementing it. These schemes besides Mega Education City M-1 Nowshera and Mega Sports City Peshawar also included New City Abbottabad and New City & Tourism Resort Booni Chitral.
Pervez Khattak during deliberations with the group led by Mr Ma Shi Jing CEO of Shanghai Company made it clear that though both the mega projects would be big cities with all housing facilities and availability of basic amenities on scientific lines but these are named as Education and Sports cities with sole aim to project importance of education and sports by the PTI-led coalition govt as well as promote it there with allocation of 15-30% area for it respectively. Besides Speaker KP Assembly Haji Asad Qaisar, Provincial Minister for Higher Education and Information Mushtaq Jadoon, Advisor to CM on Housing Dr Amjad Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Planning & Development Mian Khaleequr Rehman. Chairman CM Complaint Cell and Advisor to CM on Investment Haji Dilroze Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Housing Engr. Zahid Arif, high ups of relevant departments and experts from private sector were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the need for new housing schemes to meet the residential requirements of the growing population and reduce pressure on the existing urban localities was direly felt for long period but unfortunately the past regimes did not give heed to this crucial sector as well. That was why he said he directed the quarters concerned to take effective and result oriented measures to this effect on emergency grounds. He said that since consultants had been hired for initiating work on developmental schemes therefore, there the execution of the schemes was being started with a vigour adding that now progress on the schemes would be quite visible. He said that all the proposed housing schemes would not be executed by the housing department itself rather a separate construction company be formed for their execution with entire responsibility of implementation, timely completion, quality of work and payments etc. He welcomed offer of the Chinese company for large scale investment in housing sector of the province in this backdrop.
Pervez Khattak assured that all these schemes are planned to be of international standard equipped with all modern civic facilities. Briefing the participants about the proposed Mega Education City project, Secretary Housing Department Engr Zahid Arif told that 80,000 acres of land had been identified for Education mega city near Kernal Sher Khan Interchange on Motorway M-1 while section-IV has been imposed for the acquisition of the land, whereas pre-feasibility of the project was also completed and presented to the competent authority. Similarly, hiring the planning and designing of the project is in final stages by consultant firm of international repute. He told, 30% of the total area of the scheme will be specified for educational institutions including universities wherein state of the art centers for education and research will be established. It was further revealed that practical work on the project was about to be this year.
Regarding the proposed Mega Sport City Peshawar it was told by the authorities of housing department that the scheme would be setup on a total area of more than 14000 acre situated between Peshawar and Nowshera. The scheme to be setup with an estimated cost of Rs.1.5 to 2.00 trillion, will be five times bigger than Hayatabad Township in size and would thus cater the residential needs of more than six lacs people, it was told.
The Chief Minister said that he had directed the concerned high ups to execute these projects phase wise under public private partnership (PPP) wherein investors including Shanghai Company’s participation would be a high welcome. He said that all the housing schemes in KP would not be confined to paper works only rather it would be put on ground, and the mistakes committed in the execution of the previous projects would not be repeated.

 

KPK-PTI Mega Housing Scheme Newsletter

Rescue 1122 coming to Abbottabad, DI Khan, Swat

PESHAWAR (APP): The Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government has planned to extend emergency rescue services 1122 to three major districts of the province in current fiscal year to help people during mishaps and untoward situations.
The Rescue 1122 services would be establish in DI Khan, Abbottabad and Swat districts in current fiscal year as this project was reflected in Annual Development Program 2014-15.
Following successful services in Peshawar, the Govt wanted to extend this service to these districts for facilitation of general public.
Official told APP that reconstruction and rehabilitation of Disaster Affected Infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would also be focused.
In addition to establishment of DRM Strategic Management Unit in Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the Govt has planned to revamp PEOC and MIS section for PDMA.
The Govt has allocated Rs.2053 million for eight projects out of which four are ongoing with allocation of Rs.1408.541 million and four are new with allocation of Rs.644.459 million in ADP 2014-15 for relief and rehabilitation services.
He said the Govt was striving hard for development of safer communities through an effective system for management and prevention of emergencies and disasters. For this purpose, focus is being paid to development of a safer and resilient community through proactive approach towards emergencies and disaster management, community awareness and training of staff.
The provincial government\’s endeavors helped to effectively response to disasters by taking rehabilitation measures for development of a plausible roadmap to address pre- disaster measures such as mitigation, preparedness and response.
The relief and rehabilitation department had played a proactive role in the relief and rehabilitation operations during and post flood in 2010. The department\’s future initiatives have been incorporated in the new sector wherein it is intended to undertake multitude activities in the province.
These include establishment of ware houses, preparation of Monsoon contingency plan for district & tehsil and speedy recovery initiatives for disaster hit people etc.

source: http://thefrontierpost.com/article/183970

Police School of Intelligence (first in the country for Police)

intelsource: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102314220&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20140712

Other related news: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-261230-KP-Police-launch-School-of-Intelligence-in-Abbottabad

My view – Don’t make Hazara like Southern Punjab under PML

I (belong to Abbottabad – Hazara) am critical of PTI’s contributions in Hazara (posted my concerns earlier) which has shown its result in both by-elections which PTI lost in Hazara ( PK45 and NA19 ). If PTI would have done anything special/different (as they are doing in Pakhtun belt), they would have won by-elections. So I am not happy with PTI’s role in Hazara.

On the other hand, people of Hazara love PML-N which is evident from general elections results. So they should not object now when they have not given mandate to PTI. Better ask Mehtab Abbasi, Sardar Yosuf and Co. (a sadists approach).

Such concerns are surfacing now (like in this report: Allocations in budget fail to impress Hazara residents) which I don’t totally agree with but still there are valid points which must be addressed by PTI govt and specially looked after by its local leaders (Ali Asghar Khan, Dr. Azhar, Azam Swati, Mushtaq Ghani, etc.).

Having said that, I think there are still many promises/areas where PTI should have done some CHANGE:

  • Abbottabad New City Project (no news about that so far)
  • Traffic Management Plan (no progress or effort on it)
  • Standard of Hazara University (and we are talking of new education city without any focus on existing university)
  • Ayub Medical Hosptial (biggest hospital of the region – still I could not find any news except Reham Khan questioning Imran Khan about its sate of affairs – rats in emergency)
  • and others which I dont know

In the end, reader must not overlook good things like news about Nathiagali Amusement Park, Small Industries-II for Abbottabad, focus on Hattar industrial state, etc.

PK-45 Abbottabad by-election – Today (June 5)

  • This is going to be most interesting election because PTI is going to challenge the baradari system which
    has always won a seat for PML-N Abbassis. You can read a nice article on the PK-45 politics by Express Tribune here.
  • Visit Ali Asghar Khan Facebook Page to see PTI’s all activities: https://www.facebook.com/aliasghar99
  • You might like to watch Ali Asghar Khan latest interview: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1y3uwe_aj-di-gull-01-06-2014_tv?
  • Get/give live updates from Twitter posts hashtag #pk45 : https://twitter.com/search?q=%23pk45&src=typd (There are 109 polling stations in case you are interested to know during Twitter updates)
  • Watchout:
    • PML-N is very strong here (never lost since 1985)
    • PML-N candidate is a Abbassi (baradari advantage)
    • PTI candidate is non-local (imported) but his father Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan won from here. His brother served this constituency with social work and also Ali Asghar served after Oct 8 earthquake.

Assisstant Commissioner Income Tax Abbottabad Arrested by NAB

Related News: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/income-tax-abbottabad-corruption/

2 more arrested – income tax dept Abbottabad

Related news: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/income-tax-abbottabad-corruption/

Commissioner Income Tax (grade 19) Abbottabd arrested

Date: 25-03-2014

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Full news here: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-240191-IT-commissioner-among-three-held-by-NAB

Related News: https://kpkprogress.wordpress.com/tag/income-tax-abbottabad-corruption/

Police Intelligence School

Police Intelligence School to be setup in Abbottabad (Investigation School in Peshawar). Read here

Update: Inaugurated on July 13, 2014

KP CM gets briefing on mega housing schemes

  • Schemes:
  • CM: Consultants had been hired -> no justification for any delay
  • Not to be executed by the housing department rather by a separate construction company with entire responsibility of implementation, timely completion, quality of work and payments etc.
  • Mega Education City
    • 80,000 acres of land identified
    • Pre-feasibility completed
    • 30% area = educational institutions including universities
    • Award of contract to consultants for detail planning and design would be made by this month (February 2014)
    • Practical work on the project would be started by September 2014
  • Mega Sport City Peshawar
    • Area of more than 14000 acre situated between Peshawar and Nowshera (5x bigger than Hayatabad Township)
    • Estimated cost of Rs1.5 to 2.00 trillion
    • Residential needs of more than 600,000 people
  • Full article: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/23-Feb-2014/kp-cm-gets-briefing-on-mega-housing-schemes
  • KP Govt handout: https://www.facebook.com/KPGovt/posts/636311233071628:0

New City Abbottabad

  • KPK Govt annouced to build 2 mega city projects of European standard. One is planned for Abbottabad at Damtor.
  • RFP for Damtor can be found here.
  • RFP opening date: 12 Jan, 2014 at 11.00 am in the office of secretary housing KPK (no news yet as on 18 June, 2014)

Traffic Management Plan for four cities – Peshaware, Kohat, Mardan, Abbottabad