After the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) offered incentives under the ease of doing business policy, business activities of the construction industry have jumped to Rs71 billion in the last three years.
RDA Chairman Tariq Mahmood Murtaza said that the civic agency was executing work on the Ammar Chowk project which will be completed by December 31. He said that work on a flyover at Kachehri Chowk will begin in January 2022, after which development work begin on the Defence Chowk project.
He said that the decision to start these three projects one after the other has been taken to ensure traffic flow on roads.
He said that a proposal about the execution of the Leh Expressway project was being considered on a fast-track basis.
He said that the RDA was enabling businesses and in the current fiscal year, Rs51 billion business activity has so far been witnessed as compared to Rs12.5 billion business in 2019-20.
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He said that they were working on a project to construct three-storey buildings on 1-kanal each on a total of 476-kanal of land. He said RDA will soon launch its own housing scheme.
The city consultant will complete the study and submit a report by September 30 to develop model cities in the slum areas existing in 26 union councils of the city, the RDA chairman said adding that the RDA has at present 171 employees to run the affairs of the civic as recruitment on vacant posts was banned.
“We have scanned records of all files from 1989 to date and saved them in computer. If a citizen comes with an old record, then RDA employees have no excuse to delay the work,” he said.
“All the affairs of RDA will become paperless in the next one month. One window operation has been started for the citizens, where the house map is approved in one month, the commercial map in 45 days and the housing society map in 65 days,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2021.