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Friday, October 24, 2008

A Sitting with Malik Riaz Hussain Sahib, The CEO of Bahria Town

Last Sunday (October 19, 2008) we had a sitting with Malik Riaz Sahib in his villa in Bahria Town Lahore. Though he was very busy in meeting with delegations but he spent about an hour with us. It was our third meeting with him (as usual) without getting any appointment in this regard. It is very kind of him that he always gives importance to Safari Villas Lahore residents. During this sitting two of State Ministers talked to him on phone and shared few points and he gave them suggestions and his views on different matters of present days and situations. We discussed practical problems of Safari Villas living. He listened to every one and every point very carefully. He said that Bahria Town will try its best to solve problems but every thing can not be done.The matter of Bahria Town Lahore School was brought before him. He said that fees can not be decreased rather it will be increased every year but the quality of education and standard of school will be improved as per suggestion of parents. It was decided that two administration officer and educationist (already working with Bahria Town) from UK will visit the school every month and will also meet parents for feed back and required changes (if any) will be adopted from next month. He was requested to provide some concession in fee for second and third child. He agreed to consider it.Residents thanked him for providing electricity round the clock. He said that we are spending more than ten millions per month to maintain the system and no Housing Project in Pakistan takes care of these important matters. He was requested to reduce unit rates of electricity but he excused to do so. Residents found him justified in this regard.Regular Bus service was sanctioned from Bahria to Thokar Niaz Baig.Maintenance and Repair Work was discussed with him. He said that he has already released sufficient funds to address the issues related to termite, seepage, tiles changes and repairs. The complaints related to these issues will be received till next two years. Col. Naeem (Office Villa No. 231) and Maira (Office Villa No. 1) are the responsible to deal with these matters. He was informed that the incharge of these offices are not easily accessible to residents. He ordered to his manager for issuing a circular with contact Nos of official with their office timing. It was decided that a monthly meeting with residents will be held. The complaint service office of day to day affairs was appreciated by the residents.He assured to the residents that a gas station with tyre shop and workshop will start working within this year. The community Club will be functional within next six months.Water purification plants for Safari Villas was approved which will start working within December 2008. Security matters will be checked more carefully. It was informed to us that security cameras are installed on every possible place to make the place more secure and safe.He added that a world class level hotel with 60 rooms (in the beginning) will start its operation soon in Bahria Town Lahore.At the end he was asked about the rumors whether he is becoming next Governor of Punjab or not. He said that neither it is true nor he is interested in it. He said that he is happy to be a Governor of Bahria Town. He confessed that Bahria Town is not being managed as per his vision and plans as he has very high plans which are still under process. He assured that great positive changes will be seen in near future. He urged the community to take some steps for managing the matters as per its own requirements. For example, he said, I can provide bus or van for Safari Villas which will take members to city and will bring back to Bahria but some one should manage its driver, monthly expense etc. A lady in the meeting accepted the offer and she will start managing a van for College University going girls. Malik Sahib agreed to provide her a van on monthly installments acceptable to her. ( ........... And no man including me accepted any task to do). Of course meeting was concluded when the matter of taking any responsibility was raised.
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{{{{{ I lived what most people call the good life. I was happy, but deep inside I always felt that, with the short amount of time we are given to live and love in this world, we spend too much time loving things instead of people.}}}}}

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