ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) administration has requested that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) uphold its obligations under the Joint Working Group (JWG), which was set up in the wake of the controversy over the Bhara Kahu bypass project.
The QAU has chosen to have its objections settled by the CDA before the bypass project is finished, even though asphalt construction has already begun in the contested section of the route.
The beginning of the bypass goes past QAU’s property and the university’s 199 Kanal fits within the project’s alignment, according to the CDA.
Although the CDA had made the institution an offer of 225 Kanal in exchange for this land, the civic organization in JWG has also committed to other things including renovating the existing road to the university.
Moreover, QAU faculty members also challenged the initiative and won a stay order in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), while the petition, later on, was ultimately rejected by the court.
According to QAU authorities, the university administration has now chosen to contact the new CDA chairman, Noorul Amin Mengal.
According to the JWG resolution, which was subsequently also adopted by the university syndicate, the faculty of QAU want to meet the authorities and other relevant personnel to discuss the concerns.
The faculty said that the bypass issue was still causing tension among the staff and students at QAU, adding that, they sought early settlements of all concerns with the CDA to prevent any unfavorable circumstances.
According to QAU authorities, the university administration recently asked Federal Education Minister, Rana Tanveer Hussain, to remedy the problems.
Besides, the civic organization had approved the building of a new, 600-meter road that would provide exclusive access to QAU from Murree Road.
The sources said that in addition to addressing the leasing concerns, demarcating the university’s land, and removing encroachments, it was also determined that the CDA would enlarge and re-carpet the existing university roadways.
When contacted, the CDA chairman stated that QAU a the top-ranked institution and that the civic organization would uphold all agreements established with its management.
“I shall follow any agreements made between QAU and CDA in text and spirit before my joining and I will be meeting with the QAU team soon to address all valid concerns and make an effort to support our top-ranked university,” he declared.
It is worth noting that the National Logistics Cell’s (NLC) initiative was launched on September 30 by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The work on the project was initiated by the CDA on October 1 and the 5.2 km of road was divided into 2 sections by a flyover.
According to CDA officials, the 4-kilometer road will be finished by the end of February, while the flyover could be ready by the end of March or early April.