The Malir Development Authority (MDA) introduced the New Malir Housing Project, MDA Scheme No 1, in late 1997. Residential plots of 400, 200 and 100 square yards were sold following extensive publicity was done and billions of rupees were collected. Although almost 16 years have passed, but no significant development work has so far been carried out. Initially, the MDA constructed a few roads and gave an impression that large-scale development work was underway but this was another effort to hoodwink people, to collect huge amounts of money from allottees and accumulate bank interest. Unfortunately, the present market value of the plots is almost 50 percent of their assigned value. Meanwhile, there were some alarming reports in the media some time ago that about 1,000 files of the allottees were missing. This needs to be investigated.

A large number of people have already paid most of their dues. However, they are reluctant to pay further charges in view of the MDA’s continuous lack of interest in development work. In the meantime, allottees are receiving warning letters from the MDA repeatedly to face cancellation of their allotments if development charges and grid station charges are not paid. In order to regain the allottees’ confidence, the MDA authorities should immediately carry out major development work on Scheme No 1, using the huge amount of money they have already collected. Once all the necessary development work is completed by the MDA, the allottees will gladly pay the remaining charges. The Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah should personally intervene to save the interests of the allottees.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL,

Karachi, January 30.