Creek View and Creek Terraces, the two controversial projects of Arkadian Towers, by AKD Capital Limited in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase-VIII is waiting for final words of the Sindh High Court (SHC).
Two suits have been filed separately claiming that the AKD Capital Limited is carrying out these projects on amenity plots and calling for the appointment of an independent technical expert so as to determine the strength of pile work and the structure of 20-floor and 30-floor buildings.
Suit no 1169 of 2013 and complainant Zahidullah has claimed that DHA has illegally converted the amenity plots into the residential-cum-commercial plots.
Also suit no 1271 of 2012 was filed in SHC by Alam Associates and prayed for appointment of independent technical expert.
As a result of this prayer, the lawyers had mutually agreed on appointing M/s Nespak and the task was assigned to it.
However, Nespak has made it clear that it would not issue any certificate about piles of Creek View and Creek Terraces project (also known as Arkadian Towers) by AKD Capital Limited in Defence Housing Authority Phase VIII Karachi, it seems like the regulatory bodies are waiting for the Margalla Towers like tragedy to happen, said a press release issued on Sunday.
Nespak has further added that a certificate cannot be issued at this stage of the construction of the building. A perusal of the report by Nespak begs the question as to why construction of the project was not halted and corrective measures not taken at the initial stage when the faulty nature of construction was revealed by the pile load tests.
Citing well-placed sources, the NESPAK press release claimed that NAB is dilly-delaying to take on those who got undue benefits of their power and got allotted thousands of acres of land in the tenure of past Sindh government.
The Sindh Board of Revenue had illegally converted worthy state lands and allotted to the developers of the Naya Nazimabad, the release added.
Furthermore, it added that NAB sources told that the officials of the Revenue Department were summoned few days back and their statements were also recorded that “clearly showed the illegal conversion of lands to the developers of Naya Nazimabad”. The conversion of state land and allotment to the developers has caused a loss of at least Rs 100 billion, it added.
AKD’S POINT OF VIEW:
Talking to Pakistan Today, Aqeel Karim Dhedhi said that those who claimed that the projects were carried out on the amenity plots ran away during the court proceedings. “I am hopeful that the court will now announce its decision in favour of Arkadian Towers,” he said, further claiming that the complainant has failed to produce evidences.