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Date Posted: 06:28:38 03/25/06 Sat
Author: p
Subject: Re: MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS
In reply to: Shakeel Ismail 's message, "MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS" on 08:54:38 07/03/05 Sun

>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.
>
>Regards,
>Shakeel Ismail
>Dubai, UAE.
>
>MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME
>FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS
>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
>>>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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  • Re: MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS -- khalid (any), 21:23:36 08/26/06 Sat
  • Re: MEHRAN TOWN HOUSING SCHEME KARACHI FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS -- Javed, 01:45:12 02/04/09 Wed
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