PR No. 85 Meeting Reviews Operationalization of Kohsar Block Islamabad

The Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, chaired a meeting at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday to review the progress of operationalization of Kohsar Block (New Pak. Secretariat).

Secretary, Housing and Works, and DG PWD briefed the Finance Minister on the progress of the project and informed that  majority of the construction work had been completed. The Minister was informed that the remaining works for operationalization of the Block will be completed before the end of July 2017. The meeting was also briefed on various aspects of interior design and partitioning of space for allocation to different ministries and departments. Secretary, Housing and Works, informed the Minister that partitioning of space will be finalized after allocation of offices, in order to ensure that the partitioning is in accordance with the requirements
of each ministry / department.

The Finance Minister urged Ministry of Housing and Works and PWD to complete all remaining works by the end of the current month. He said that operationalization of Kohsar Block will enable accommodation of various
government ministries and departments under one roof, which will improve facilitation of the general public. He said space allocation of the Block should be done soon in order to decide on various requests for allotment of
offices from different ministries and departments. He said priority in space allocation would be accorded to ministries and departments, which are paying high amounts as rent, so that maximum saving of exchequer could be made. The
Minister also urged officials of Finance Division and Planning, Development & Reform Division to extend maximum facilitation for completion of all necessary works.
Senior officials of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Works, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and PWD also attended the meeting.