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Date Posted: 00:39:39 01/16/06 Mon
Author: Shaikh Saeed Ahmed
In reply to: JAVED 's message, "MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS" on 06:25:56 01/23/05 Sun

>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
>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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