The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF), also known as Sector G-14, and Bhara Kahu Housing Society were started in 2009 and 2004 respectively, but the projects lie incomplete to this day.
A parliamentary committee recently expressed its dissatisfaction over delays in these projects, countering which Housing and Woks Minister Mr Akram Khan told the committee about the development status of these societies.
Status of Bhara Kahu Housing Society
Mr Khan told the committee that the duty of carrying out development work in Bhara Kahu Housing Society had been assigned to a private firm in 2009. The ministry purchased 3,000 kanals of land in collaboration with the firm and the firm was told to provide clear plots to the applicants of the society.
Payment for the development of plots was agreed to be made in instalments according to the amount of work completed, and it was also agreed that the ministry would not release payment for 500 kanals of land until the project was finished.
The minister told the committee that the project was delayed because the development firm was asking for payment in violation of the agreement. He also added that the available land was insufficient for the development of 3,253 plots, as judged by the ministry’s consultant, the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK).
He also told the committee that a legal notice was served to the firm and if the firm failed to take sufficient measures to complete the project, a new one would be hired.
The minister informed the committee that illegal occupation of land was causing delays in the completion of Sector G-14. However, the original owners were being paid so that the required land could be acquired.
He also told the committee that his ministry was in touch with the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration to take possession of land and develop Sector G-14.
In response, the committee told the ministry to expedite development work at both societies so that the plots could be handed over to the allottees.