CDGK Employees Housing Scheme

CDGK employees yet to benefit from uplift schemes

* Majority of CDGK workers living in pathetic conditions

* 700 plots yet to be handed over to communities


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


THE City District Government Karachi (CDGK), in their three-year tenure, have spent billions of rupees to revamp the infrastructure of water, sewerage and roads but has not spent a single penny to establish housing schemes for its own employees.

Many employees live in deplorable conditions at Gulistan-e-Mazdoor, Baldia Town, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.

The Gulistan-e-Mazdoor scheme was announced by the defunct Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) in 1984 for 5,000 employees of grade one to 15, provided that they had completed 10 years of service at that time. For this purpose the Sindh government had handed over two sectors of land, 16 and 17, adjacent to the Hub River Road in Baldia Town.

Employees who obtained plots through balloting were given possession in 1999 after they paid Rs 3,720 as development charges. Sadly no efforts were made by the previous Naimatullah Khan led city government or the current administration to provide the scheme with civic facilities. As a result the developed housing scheme started resembling a slum.

Currently 65 percent of the land in the scheme has been made into low-cost single and double storey houses for CDGK employees but they still do not have basic facilities such as water, sewerage, electricity and natural gas.

Many of the employees, deputed at different departments, have raised this issue at many forums but nothing constructive came out of it. People living in this scheme have demanded that the city government should pay attention to the deplorable living conditions but their demands have fell on deaf ears.

Sajan Union central leader Syed Zulfiqar Shah while talking to Daily Times said that the entire locality has become a katchi abadi due to the lack of basic civic facilities. “It has been nine years since the CDGK workers have constructed their houses but since then not a single water pipeline has been installed in the area to provide the houses with potable water and many households resort to private tanker services to meet their daily needs,” he said.

The current city government led by City Nazim Mustafa Kamal has spent billions of rupees on the sewerage infrastructure in the city but has not paid any attention to the housing schemes, inhabited by its own employees, lacking proper sewerage lines, he said.

He also mentioned that the city government had demarcated sites for playgrounds, mosques, churches and community centres but the officials used them for residential purposes.

City government employees, living in the area, said that they have to bear extra expenses to obtain the daily facilities, which is a huge burden on their shoulders.

Furthermore UC-3 Nazim Molvi M Ali Karkhi said that they had issued an NOC to install a sui gas connection and work on this would start soon but water and sewerage problems are not under the jurisdiction of the union council.

City Government Chairman Land Revenue and Estate Committee S Moin said that during the city government’s three-year tenure they have not discussed this issue in their meetings. “We only discuss issues that are forwarded by the office of City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil and have not discussed issues related to the Gulistan-e-Mazdoor Society yet,” he said.

It is also mentioned that the defunct KMC had allocated 700 plots for non-Muslim workers and had also allocated spaces for one church, one temple and three mosques but no work has been done in this regard.

– Published in Daily Times | Nov 16, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on November 16, 2008.

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