NA body seeks comprehensive briefing on Thalian JV Project


ISLAMABAD, July 06 (TNS): The Standing Committee on Housing and Works Thursday sought a comprehensive briefing by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in its next meeting.


The Committee directed for presentation of all substantiating documents in that regard. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad.


The Committee decided to have a comprehensive briefing from the FGEHF on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in view of the concerns raised by the Members of the Committee regarding availability of water, title of land, access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and eligibility of the Joint Venture (JV) Partner.


The Members of the Committee were of the view that neither Joint Venture Partner was selected as per approval of the Cabinet and laid down procedures by the Government nor JV partner had the capacity to carry out the project. They also raised their concerns about the feasibility of the project in terms of availability of water, title of land and access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway.


The Committee while discussing the progress on the implementation of recommendations of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works on PM’s Low Cost Housing Project in Kuchlak, Balochistan expressed its dissatisfaction and directed Ministry of Housing and Works to initiate immediate actions as suggested by the Sub-Committee in its report.


The Committee also directed Pakistan Housing Authority to assist Quetta Development Authority (QDA) for removal of encroachments from the land of the said project. The Committee was apprised by the Director General, QDA that said land was massively encroached and till the removal of encroachers feasibility of the project could not be carried out. He assured Government of Balochistan’s support for removal of encroachers and conduct of feasibility study. The Committee directed for removal of encroachers within 15-days under intimation to the Committee.


The Committee after briefing on the policy of PHA for allotment of plots for Mosques in its projects directed the Ministry to take representatives of all disgruntled sects on board who had been disregarded during the allotment process of such plots.


The Chairman informed the Committee that he had received various complaints regarding allotment of plots for Mosques by PHA to representatives of only one sect. The Committee directed the Ministry to formulate a policy in this regard and also work on the proposal of constructing Mosques through its own resources in all its future projects instead of allotting plots for the purpose, creating disgruntlement and litigation.

Earlier, Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA presented report of the Sub-Committee on Estate Office under his convenership. The Committee appreciated his efforts for presenting a comprehensive report on the malpractices and irregularities in the Estate Office. The Committee decided to discuss the said report in its next meeting.


The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Tahira Aurangzeb, Khalida Mansoor, Nighat Parveen Mir, Shahida Rehmani, Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Sajid Nawaz Khan, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.