KARACHI: After Masjid-e-Nabawi – Umbrellas in the Mosque of the Prophet’s Courtyard and surrounding open spaces, the Bahria Town Private Limited has decided to install ‘Courtyard Umbrellas’ in the Grand Mosque, located in Bahria Town Karachi.
The umbrellas at the Masjid-e-Nabawi was carried out in two phases. In 1992, twelve umbrellas were installed in the two inner courtyards of the Mosque of the Prophet; and in 2011, another 250 umbrellas were installed in the open spaces surrounding it. Tens of thousands of people congregate in those open areas every day, and there accordingly was a need to improve climatic conditions in them.
Mr. Ali Riaz Malik, CEO of Bahria Town, is very dynamic whose vision is to reach people immediately and fulfill his commitments with full quality of work which is why he has decided to install these rare and hi-tech large convertible umbrellas for shading the courtyard of Grand Mosque, Bahria Town Karachi.
To suit the proportion of this unique and extraordinary architectural situation, the Bahria Town management propose to install groups of umbrellas ~18m x 18m with a height of about 12.7m. This study presents three umbrella arrangements of increasing numbers–of umbrellas.
Bahria Grand Mosque – Karachi (Pakistan)
– 24 umbrellas covering
– 36 umbrellas covering
– 48 umbrellas covering
~ 7.250 m2 ~ 10.870 m2 ~ 14.500 m2
These umbrellas provide shelter from sun and from rain and improve the courtyard climate, when operated regularly. The umbrellas also may carry LED lighting systems as well as audio systems in order to improve the lighting- and acoustical conditions of the wide open courtyard area.
The minimal shaped, translucent fabric vaults do not compete with the traditional stone architecture but rather complement it with their general appearance. Also in material and details the umbrella structures shall receive an ornamental treatment and geometric design, similar to the architectural items throughout the Mosque, so that these innovative structures blend in well with the existing architecture of Bahria Grand Mosque.
The umbrella structures are dimensioned to withstand the maximum local wind speeds. Their proven technology is designed for a lifetime of 25 years for the foldable steel frame and for the membrane structure considering regular maintenance. Though experience proves that the lifetime of the Teflon membranes will exceed the 25 years by far. Bahria Grand Mosque Karachi – existing architectural design approximately + 19.20 m.
DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister
KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.
The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.
However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.
Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.
So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.
CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless
KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.
The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.
As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.
The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.
It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.
The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.
The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.
Dr Sadaat Memon – SESSI’s multi billionaire corrupt director
KARACHI: It seems that there is no check and balance on mega corruption in state-run-institution as a director level official owns properties worth billions of rupees and still they are enjoying the most lucrative posting.
Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon, who has emerged as the most-corrupt official of the Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) these days with his alleged direct involvement in mega corruption at the institution, carries bogus career as he was illegally appointed directly in BPS-19.
In its report or the year 2016-17, the Auditor General of Pakistan in its report 2016-17 clearly mentioned: “It was observed that the management appointed Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon directly in BPS-19 in January 2006 and subsequently promoted to BPS-20 in July 2013 without following eligibility criteria and prescribed experience in violation of rules”.
The auditor also pointed out that Rs 9.997 million paid to Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon on account of pay and allowances were irregular.
According to Services Rules of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) 2006, the post in BPS-19 shall be filled by Selection Board by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness basis from among members of service holding the post of Senior Medical Officer/Women Senior Medical Officer subject to at least 12 year service in BPS-17 and above.
While remaining on the most lucrative posts in the organization, Dr Sadaat Memon has corrupted billions of rupees while playing with the lives of laborers. He remained posted as Director Procurement for couple of years from where he minted such a huge amount.
Here are the few achievements of Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon:
- He owns a private hospital – Sindh City Hospital now name changed as Al-Hamd Hospital – in city’s posh area worth Rs 1 billion.
- He is the Master of fake-billing, over-payments.
- Dr Sadaat owns 15-acre of precious commercial land just opposite to New Sabzi Mandi worth more than Rs 190 million.
- Fake/bogus payments worth Rs 13.954 million at 25-bedded hospital at Labour Colony Daherki.
- After buying a multi-millions private hospital in city’s posh area, an official of Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) has purchased commercial lands on superhighway worth millions of rupees, Sindhnews has learnt.
Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon is one of them who has brought loss of billions of rupees to the Sindh Government and portrays himself as the ‘honest’ official.
Dr Sadaat Ahmed, the then Director Procurement, Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI), who is presently posted as Medical Superintendent SS Landhi Hospital, is under various investigation focusing corruption of billions of rupees in the institution.
As the Sindhnews highlighted that Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon owned a hospital namely Sindh City in Karachi’s posh area with evidences, he immediately renamed the hospital as Al Hamd Hospital to avoid further investigations into the assets beyond known sources.
Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Dr Sadaat Ahmed for his official version however he never replied back to calls and text messages sent to him on WhatsApp.
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