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Date Posted: 08:54:38 07/03/05 Sun
Author: Shakeel Ismail
In reply to: Shahzad Omar 's message, "Re: MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS" on 09:24:36 03/07/05 Mon

I am living in DUBAI and need to apply in Mehran towm, Karachi or MDA for Residential or Commercial plot. If any body help me or provide any info, I will be greatful to all of these.

Shakeel Ismail
Dubai, UAE.

By Shakeel - 03-07-2005

>>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
>>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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