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Date Posted: 06:25:56 01/23/05 Sun
Author: JAVED
Subject: MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS


MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME
FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS
By Javed -1 October 2002


According to a news item (DAWN 15 October) Karachi City Nazim has taking a strong note of sufferings of thousands of applicants of New Malir City Housing Scheme of Malir Development Authority has conveyed a meeting and will also to ascertain the facts about misappropriation of millions by MDS seniors. Earlier Honourable Sindh Ombudsman has also very kindly taken suo moto note and observing that MDA actually had not that much land for allotment as much land it allotted. The ombudsman ordered refund of money to allottees.

MDA I personally feel would be much happy in refund because it has nothing to loose as in refund the loss will be that of allottees. MDA has earned a tremendous profit on deposits whereas allottees as and when returned would get their original deposited amount having lost appreciably purchasing value now.

Allotting invisible or non existence land is a big and favourite techniques. For example Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, a semi autonomous body for so-called welfare of Overseas Pakistanis (Ops) invited applications for allotment of plots at Murree Chattar Scheme on first come first basis. No allotments was made. In fact there existed no procured land at all. After earning huge profits it refunded. In the name of Faisalabad Housing Scheme tremendous amount was collected but there existed no land for about approx. more than 7/8 years. OPs were asked to apply for “Beach City Karachi” but when a senator raised the issue in senate the Minister for Overseas Pakistanis in the senate stated he was not aware of any such scheme having been approved. Actually there was no land.

There is such a scheme floated in 1973-74 “Mehran Town Housing Scheme” at Karachi for Overseas Pakistanis who have deposited full amount since then. Scheme was a little developed. In 1978 floods in Karachi development work got damaged. And since then KDA always repeats the same slogan “in 1978 floods damaged it”. It is now 23 years 1978 have passed. Many floods came, many roads bridges villages totally got damaged but repaired and revived but this scheme.

August or September 1997 at about 11.00 am I visited the site. It was unbearable to stand there for even 5 minutes not because of sunshine or temperature but because of smoke of burning garbage, dirty smell and stray dogs etc. In my presence a Municipality truck came and threw garbage number of which I did note. The site office was a skelton of small building and peeling through window glass it looked as if at least for the last 2/3 years no one had entered into in the office. I went to nearby Malir Bridge Development Office where I was told Mehran Town Site Office they never had seen ever opened. KDA always claims having continuously spent so much money since 1974-75 but site was still undeveloped he

The Karachi City Nazim has very recently according to daily Khaleej Times of Dubai desired to revive the city Karachi with the help of Overseas Pakistanis.

Perhaps in order to win the confidence of totally disappointed OPs City Nazim may also take note of this housing scheme only and only to ascertain one fact namely “extent of practical development since 1978 v/s total amount of money spent sicne 1978” by appointing a Committee of independent citizens like Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee, Ms. Yasmeen Lari Architect, Engineer from Shehri who may visit the site, take earthen random soil samples for laboratory tests to find out if stomach of site was really so big to have digested all that money appearing in KDA files having been spent or its stomach was upset like some children eat too much but due to “thread worms” digested food does not result in physical healthy development. Nazim to know the truths may himself visits the site just for 5 minutes to see the site itself if it is worth for human living. Nazim does not need to waste his precious time in knowing the stories form KDA what happened, what is being done by KDA but to know the facts may just get the soil tested to know the amount having the site digested.

In 1996-97 someone also filed a complaint with defunct Ehtisab Bureau on Mehran Town. For the last 4 years continuously I am struggling to get a copy of the same but not body wants to give copy to me.

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