KARACHI The DHAs Executive Board meeting was chaired by its President, Commander 5 Corps Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir-ul-Islam, at Corps Headquarters here on Monday. A DHA statement said that the new Corps Commander in capacity of President Executive Board (PEB) DHA took oath of his office and later presided the Executive Board meeting to review the pace of progress of DHAs mega projects and other policy administrative matters. It said that the PEB termed the Executive Board as an important policymaking organ formulated to take prudent and appropriate decisions which should contribute to the overall improvement of living standards and provision of better civic amenities to the residents. He also stressed upon the need to take residents on board while undertaking any mega development cum infrastructural improvement venture in DHA for the residents. He said that residents associations should work in tandem with DHA to achieve the goals of efficient, vibrant and dynamic civic life. The Executive Board took serious notice of non functional status of DHA Cogen Power and Desalination Plant since a prolonged period of time thus exacerbating the problem of water scarcity in DHA. Defence Housing Authority informed the house that despite having no role in the management of the plant, DHA has adopted a proactive role since the last two months and a number of meetings have been held with all stakeholders. DHA is looking for all possible options to revive the project at the earliest however it will take time, as well as, lot of investment will have to be made. The Executive Board was also informed that a Consultant Association of experts was hectically engaged in the erstwhile preparations of a unique master plan for the recently launched DHA City Karachi project on Super Highway. The Board was further informed that efforts were being made to include Malir Express Way along Malir River in the CDGK Karachi 2020 Transportation Plan. This road, connecting DHA City Karachi to the metropolis, would significantly reduce the distance of DCK from Karachi. The Executive Board was given a briefing on FAR (Floor Area Ratio) by experts who conceptually explained its impact on civic services (sewerage, water and electricity etc), its impact on traffic volume and its effect on environment in the area. The study was necessitated on popular demand of some owners of plot on Korangi Road who wanted to build high rise office cum commercial towers at the location. The Executive Board was informed that development work in Sector B of DHA Phase VIII would be completed by March 2010 and the area would be opened for construction accordingly. The Executive Board also approved an incentive scheme of waiver of surcharge in Sector A and B of DHA Phase VIII for the plot owners who would pay the lump sum amount of their outstanding dues between 15 Jan 2011 to 31 Mar 2011. The surcharge already paid by any plot owners earlier would be credited against their 3rd and 4th instalments. The Board also approved an amendment in DHA Building Byelaws prohibiting construction/designing of the main gate of a bungalow in the centre of the plot to discourage the tendency of construction of duplex houses on a plot.