THE DHA PROJECT AT CREEK MARINA

THE DHA PROJECT AT CREEK MARINA

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OVER 250 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE RS-3B AT STAKE IN THE DHA PROJECT AT CREEK MARINA

 

In a luxurious apartment building, a man saved all his life savings. So, he could have a better life with his daughter. In the beginning, it looked fine:

 

  • Construction permits were given to project supporters.
  • The soil was lifted by staff.
  • Piling was completed.

 

As soon as contractors missed one deadline after another and investors began making inquiries, alerts about project delays followed. However, the older man assumed that he would quickly see apartments growing on the seafront. Until one day when he went to the site and found that construction was wrapping up. The next morning, his daughter recalled, he died of shock, demanding that his name not be published in print.

 

More than 250 such families have spent a total of Rs.3 billion in the Creek Marina Apartments six-star house. It is a project that has been caught in a legal limbo between project developers and the Defence Housing Authority for years (DHA). For the apartments that are yet to be built, every family has paid Rs15 million or more.

 

During a lot of fanfare and advertisement in 2005, the luxury apartment project was unveiled by a Singapore-based company, Meinhardt, in association with DHA. The project was expected for completion by December 2009.

 

Years past the deadline, buyers are still looking for some consolation. Mainly businessmen and professionals, who paid 85% of the overall amount.

 

Stories of Creek Marina Victims Back from Past

 

Cry of Victim – 1

 

Shabbir Allibhai, one of the people who spent, said that they paid a huge price. They believed it would be a dream house after retirement. Further, he added that they were promised security by Creek Marina- a prime location to be next to the golf club and to have a raffle club.

 

The apartment brochures boasted eight impressive three and four-bedroom residential blocks, set around lush green trees and blue waters. Today, an unfinished tower of 15 storeys stands on the building site. Rather than the guaranteed 24 stories and another pinnacle of eight storeys.

 

Cry of Victim – 2

 

Another investor lamented that they have heard of low-cost housing projects going into shambles. But they never imagined this would happen when two big names were involved.

 

Cry of Victim – 3

 

Amin Dawood, an investor, said that they trusted the project and took a special interest. It was the responsibility of the housing authority to monitor the project until the end. It was identified as a DHA-Meinhardt Collaboration when the project was initiated. Meinhardt built a special-purpose vehicle under the name Creek Marina Private Ltd. (CMPL). Of the 780 apartments, some 280 have been booked, with a completion date of December 2009. Later on, this was moved to December 2011.

 

Backgournd of Creek Marina DHA

 

A Chinese firm, which did piling and foundations but then left in mid-2007 after a disagreement, was given the contract to build the apartments.

 

In their decision to pull down, they alleged safety issues. CMPL received performance bond refunds totaling $13 million. Following this, two local contractors, Principal, and Paragon began slow construction, which was stopped in 2010.

 

Although no building took place while they were awaiting legal notices, the investors managed to clear the dues. However, they agreed to form the Creek Marina Action Committee after a while. “The objective of forming such a committee was to push the authorities either to complete the project or to ask for reimbursement,” Allibhai explained.

 

The Sindh High Court Order

 

In 2011, the Sindh High Court requested whatever asset is accessible in the CMPL account. It could be used solely for construction, and DHA must accept the budget. The cash was, however, never published, and DHA never bought this.

 

A DHA official clarified that they were afraid Meinhardt would run away with the cash. While we tried to compromise with the authorities, they still have a large sum of money that they are not using in construction, “The DHA official said that albeit a choice still can’t seem to be taken, they can go to court against Meinhardt; by and by.”

 

The founders of the action committee later went to court against CMPL for bribery and filed an injunction. They have contacted the DHA and Meinhardt to get their money back, but there was little concrete coming out of it.

 

The investors now agreed that there is a moral deficit as they assume that the DHA wants Meinhardt to forfeit the enterprise, while the latter, they said, wants their money to run away. As we thought this was an excellent idea, we were blinded. Allibhai said, “The sufferers are us who paid their hard-earned money to get the apartments as promised.”

 

Despite many attempts over email and phone, members of Meinhardt and CMPL were unavailable for communication.

 

Today, we have reached in 2021, and it is been more than a decade now but yet the DHA Karachi’s Creek Marina is awaited.

 

HOW LONG DO THE CREEK MARINA VICTIMS HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE POSSESSIONS?

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OVER 250 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE RS-3B AT STAKE IN THE DHA PROJECT AT CREEK MARINA

In a luxurious apartment building, a man saved all his life savings. So, he could have a better life with his daughter. In the beginning, it looked fine:

  • Construction permits were given to project supporters.
  • The soil was lifted by staff.
  • Piling was completed.

As soon as contractors missed one deadline after another and investors began making inquiries, alerts about project delays followed. However, the older man assumed that he would quickly see apartments growing on the seafront. Until one day when he went to the site and found that construction was wrapping up. The next morning, his daughter recalled, he died of shock, demanding that his name not be published in print.

More than 250 such families have spent a total of Rs.3 billion in the Creek Marina Apartments six-star house. It is a project that has been caught in a legal limbo between project developers and the Defence Housing Authority for years (DHA). For the apartments that are yet to be built, every family has paid Rs15 million or more.

During a lot of fanfare and advertisement in 2005, the luxury apartment project was unveiled by a Singapore-based company, Meinhardt, in association with DHA. The project was expected for completion by December 2009.

Years past the deadline, buyers are still looking for some consolation. Mainly businessmen and professionals, who paid 85% of the overall amount.

Stories of Creek Marina Victims Back from Past

Cry of Victim – 1

Shabbir Allibhai, one of the people who spent, said that they paid a huge price. They believed it would be a dream house after retirement. Further, he added that they were promised security by Creek Marina- a prime location to be next to the golf club and to have a raffle club.

The apartment brochures boasted eight impressive three and four-bedroom residential blocks, set around lush green trees and blue waters. Today, an unfinished tower of 15 storeys stands on the building site. Rather than the guaranteed 24 stories and another pinnacle of eight storeys.

Cry of Victim – 2

Another investor lamented that they have heard of low-cost housing projects going into shambles. But they never imagined this would happen when two big names were involved.

Cry of Victim – 3

Amin Dawood, an investor, said that they trusted the project and took a special interest. It was the responsibility of the housing authority to monitor the project until the end. It was identified as a DHA-Meinhardt Collaboration when the project was initiated. Meinhardt built a special-purpose vehicle under the name Creek Marina Private Ltd. (CMPL). Of the 780 apartments, some 280 have been booked, with a completion date of December 2009. Later on, this was moved to December 2011.

Backgournd of Creek Marina DHA

A Chinese firm, which did piling and foundations but then left in mid-2007 after a disagreement, was given the contract to build the apartments.

In their decision to pull down, they alleged safety issues. CMPL received performance bond refunds totaling $13 million. Following this, two local contractors, Principal, and Paragon began slow construction, which was stopped in 2010.

Although no building took place while they were awaiting legal notices, the investors managed to clear the dues. However, they agreed to form the Creek Marina Action Committee after a while. “The objective of forming such a committee was to push the authorities either to complete the project or to ask for reimbursement,” Allibhai explained.

The Sindh High Court Order

In 2011, the Sindh High Court requested whatever asset is accessible in the CMPL account. It could be used solely for construction, and DHA must accept the budget. The cash was, however, never published, and DHA never bought this.

A DHA official clarified that they were afraid Meinhardt would run away with the cash. While we tried to compromise with the authorities, they still have a large sum of money that they are not using in construction, “The DHA official said that albeit a choice still can’t seem to be taken, they can go to court against Meinhardt; by and by.”

The founders of the action committee later went to court against CMPL for bribery and filed an injunction. They have contacted the DHA and Meinhardt to get their money back, but there was little concrete coming out of it.

The investors now agreed that there is a moral deficit as they assume that the DHA wants Meinhardt to forfeit the enterprise, while the latter, they said, wants their money to run away. As we thought this was an excellent idea, we were blinded. Allibhai said, “The sufferers are us who paid their hard-earned money to get the apartments as promised.”

Despite many attempts over email and phone, members of Meinhardt and CMPL were unavailable for communication.

Today, we have reached in 2021, and it is been more than a decade now but yet the DHA Karachi’s Creek Marina is awaited.

HOW LONG DO THE CREEK MARINA VICTIMS HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE POSSESSIONS?

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OVER 250 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE RS-3B AT STAKE IN THE DHA PROJECT AT CREEK MARINA

 

In a luxurious apartment building, a man saved all his life savings. So, he could have a better life with his daughter. In the beginning, it looked fine:

 

  • Construction permits were given to project supporters.
  • The soil was lifted by staff.
  • Piling was completed.

 

As soon as contractors missed one deadline after another and investors began making inquiries, alerts about project delays followed. However, the older man assumed that he would quickly see apartments growing on the seafront. Until one day when he went to the site and found that construction was wrapping up. The next morning, his daughter recalled, he died of shock, demanding that his name not be published in print.

 

More than 250 such families have spent a total of Rs.3 billion in the Creek Marina Apartments six-star house. It is a project that has been caught in a legal limbo between project developers and the Defence Housing Authority for years (DHA). For the apartments that are yet to be built, every family has paid Rs15 million or more.

 

During a lot of fanfare and advertisement in 2005, the luxury apartment project was unveiled by a Singapore-based company, Meinhardt, in association with DHA. The project was expected for completion by December 2009.

 

Years past the deadline, buyers are still looking for some consolation. Mainly businessmen and professionals, who paid 85% of the overall amount.

 

Stories of Creek Marina Victims Back from Past

 

Cry of Victim – 1

 

Shabbir Allibhai, one of the people who spent, said that they paid a huge price. They believed it would be a dream house after retirement. Further, he added that they were promised security by Creek Marina- a prime location to be next to the golf club and to have a raffle club.

 

The apartment brochures boasted eight impressive three and four-bedroom residential blocks, set around lush green trees and blue waters. Today, an unfinished tower of 15 storeys stands on the building site. Rather than the guaranteed 24 stories and another pinnacle of eight storeys.

 

Cry of Victim – 2

 

Another investor lamented that they have heard of low-cost housing projects going into shambles. But they never imagined this would happen when two big names were involved.

 

Cry of Victim – 3

 

Amin Dawood, an investor, said that they trusted the project and took a special interest. It was the responsibility of the housing authority to monitor the project until the end. It was identified as a DHA-Meinhardt Collaboration when the project was initiated. Meinhardt built a special-purpose vehicle under the name Creek Marina Private Ltd. (CMPL). Of the 780 apartments, some 280 have been booked, with a completion date of December 2009. Later on, this was moved to December 2011.

 

Backgournd of Creek Marina DHA

 

A Chinese firm, which did piling and foundations but then left in mid-2007 after a disagreement, was given the contract to build the apartments.

 

In their decision to pull down, they alleged safety issues. CMPL received performance bond refunds totaling $13 million. Following this, two local contractors, Principal, and Paragon began slow construction, which was stopped in 2010.

 

Although no building took place while they were awaiting legal notices, the investors managed to clear the dues. However, they agreed to form the Creek Marina Action Committee after a while. “The objective of forming such a committee was to push the authorities either to complete the project or to ask for reimbursement,” Allibhai explained.

 

The Sindh High Court Order

 

In 2011, the Sindh High Court requested whatever asset is accessible in the CMPL account. It could be used solely for construction, and DHA must accept the budget. The cash was, however, never published, and DHA never bought this.

 

A DHA official clarified that they were afraid Meinhardt would run away with the cash. While we tried to compromise with the authorities, they still have a large sum of money that they are not using in construction, “The DHA official said that albeit a choice still can’t seem to be taken, they can go to court against Meinhardt; by and by.”

 

The founders of the action committee later went to court against CMPL for bribery and filed an injunction. They have contacted the DHA and Meinhardt to get their money back, but there was little concrete coming out of it.

 

The investors now agreed that there is a moral deficit as they assume that the DHA wants Meinhardt to forfeit the enterprise, while the latter, they said, wants their money to run away. As we thought this was an excellent idea, we were blinded. Allibhai said, “The sufferers are us who paid their hard-earned money to get the apartments as promised.”

 

Despite many attempts over email and phone, members of Meinhardt and CMPL were unavailable for communication.

 

Today, we have reached in 2021, and it is been more than a decade now but yet the DHA Karachi’s Creek Marina is awaited.

 

HOW LONG DO THE CREEK MARINA VICTIMS HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE POSSESSIONS?

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