June 2007 News

New Mirpur city project

21 June 2007
The News International

Islamabad: The Chief Secretary of Azad Jammu Kashmir Javeid Majeed has directed the concerned authorities especially WAPDA to speed up the development works in the under-construction New Mirpur Garden City and four other new towns exclusively meant for the affectees of the ongoing Mangla dam raising project. The Chief Secretary issued these directive during visit to the site of the New Mirpur city here the other day. The CS inquired about the pace of the development works in the project for the resettlement and rehabilitation of people displaced due to raising of the countrys second biggest dam. Top officials of AJK government including Finance Secretary, Secretary Services, Commissioner Mangla dam affairs as well as senior WAPDA officials were also present on this occasion. According to an official handout, the Chief Secretary expressed dismay over the slow pace of the construction work in the new Mirpur city project. He said that the pace of the construction work is not satisfactory and emphasized the need to take immediate effective steps to accelerate the ongoing construction work. Because it would not be possible to bring water in the lake to raised level if the displaced families were not resettled according to the stipulated target due to the delay, he observed. The Chief Secretary also directed to undertake the construction work in the new city project in three shifts besides raising the quantity of the machinery according to the need to gear up the work. Senior WAPDA officials and representatives of the construction company on this occasion briefed the chief secretary of the pace of the development works on the project. He was informed that 35 percent of the development works on New Mirpur city project, over any area of 13 hundred kanal of land, has so far been completed. The new city project will comprise six residential sectors. He was further told that allotment of residential plots to the displaced families in residential sectors A and sector V will start this month and in July respectively. It was also told in the briefing that the pace of development works has been accelerate since 150 heavy units of machinery have been engaged to work round- the-clock. It was stated on this occasion that construction work for laying the network of a total of 21 kilometer long roads in the new city with the cost of Rs. 1.10 billion is in full swing. New Mirpur city will have all places of public utilization as well including latest educational institutions, medical complex, public parks, shopping centres and mosques. The new city will have direct access with existing Mirpur city from three different sites including two from Mirpur-Kotli Highway at residential sector F-3 and Mirpur Chachian Road near the district jail. It was stated in the meeting that all necessary steps were being taken to provide latest facilities to the upcoming dwellers of this mega housing resort. Later on, the Chief Secretary also presided over the meeting of the executive committee of Mangla Dam raising project and inquired about all related matters. The meeting decided to expedite all issues in line with the agenda. The EC members including the AJK Finance Secretary, Secretary Services, Commissioner and Joint Commissioner Mangla Dam Affairs attended.


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