Islamabad, August 06, 2017 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has directed for the accelerated allotment of plots to the affectees of Balakot in the new Balakot City. He approved the developmental and commercial plan in the new city that will cost RS. 4.3 billion. He also directed to prepare a commercially implementable model to sell it out to the private investors. MPA and Political Coordinator of Chief Minister Zargul Khan and ex-MPA Mazhar Ali Qasim were nominated as focal person to finalize arrangements for the project of new Balakot City. He was presiding over a meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar that focused on the new Balakot City and the demarcation of commercial and residential plots there.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Mushtaq Ghani, MPA Zargul Khan, administrative secretaries, representative of ERRA, PERRA, PDMA, NESPAK and Deputy Commissioners of Mansehra and Abbottabad also attended. The meeting was briefed about the allotment of plots in the new Balakot City, the process of developing residential and commercial plots, the possible expenditure and the expected earning for re-spending on the development of new Balakot City. The participants were briefed that 3600 affected families would be allotted plots, out of which, 70 plots have been allotted. 8440 plots were being developed, the land had been identified for afforestation. Demarcation of plots for Bakariyal was in progress.
402 entitlement certificates handed over to the district administration. 5492 plots of different categories including 7,10,15 and 20 marlas were available, while 4273 plots would be needed for Balakot, Gallot and Jaba and Bakariyal of different categories. Another 650 kanal of land on which 1219 surplus plots could be developed while 113 kanal land could be used for commercial activities, the briefing added. The whole developmental process would need Rs. 4.30 billion, adding that Rs. 4.38 billion was expected to be generated from the commercialization of surplus land.
The Chief Minister approved the developmental activities under the commercial plan and directed for the small size shops and a feasible and comprehensive structural design of the project. He said he would look to the induction of private sector in the developmental process. He directed to send him a final plan which after approval at provincial level, would be communicated to the federal government. He directed the NESPAK to conduct a survey of the already cleared land without any delay. He also directed to construct six schools in the town that will make the project more feasible.
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