Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works on Monday (July 4) issued instructions for the housing ministry to look into the stalled construction of Kashmir apartments in Sector G-13, according to news sources.
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As per the details shared, the senate panel met with Senator Haji Hidayatullah in the chair, where several projects came under discussions. It was highlighted that Kashmir Apartments in G-13, when completed, will encompass 1,467 apartments. The committee was told that presently 16% development work on the project is complete.
Moreover, the meeting was told that the owing to the rise in the construction materials’ cost, the project has been inordinately delayed. It was revealed that the price adjustments included in the contract of the project – as per the standards and the price adjustment guidelines of Pakistan Engineering Council – cannot cover the ‘present hyper-escalation’ in the prices of the construction materials.
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The ministry assured the panel that it is taking measures to resolve the issues and has forwarded a summary to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) for approval of recommendations. It was also informed that the issues being caused by the impact of inflation on the projects launched by the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) were being referred to executive board for effective resolution.
The panel meeting ordered the housing ministry to submit details of all outsourced parties involved in different project for a detailed review. Minister for Housing and Works Maulana Abdul Wasay also attended the session and gave an overview of the achievements, challenges and objectives of the ministry.