Residential facilities: Saudi-financed housing complex inaugurated at ATH

Complex comprises 114 residential apartments is a grant from the Saudi Arabian government to the people of Pakistan

Zubair Ayub November 28, 2018
Saudi delegates and Pakistani officials at the inauguration ceremony of a Saudi funded housing complex at Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

ABBOTTABAD: The inauguration of residential facilities project of Saudi Housing Complex Ayub Teaching Hospital Institute Abbottabad took place on Tuesday at ATH Abbottabad.

The complex comprising 114 residential apartments is a grant from the Saudi Arabian government to the people of Pakistan.

The project was inaugurated by Saudi Fund for Development Vice Chairman and Managing Director Dr Khaled bin Sulaiman Alkhudairy.

The development project is part of the of the kingdom’s SAR 6,000 millon grant equivalent to Rs21.36 billion.

The project includes 19 buildings, and each building has 6 apartments and 164,065 ft gross floor area. The Saudi funded project is delivered by the Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), consultant of the project was Alteraz Architecture and Design while the contractor is SiyahKalem Constructions.

Embassy of KSA Deputy Head of Mission Habibullah Bukhari, and Saudi Fund for Development Regional Manager Operations Department Engineer Abdullah Al Shoabi were the chief guests at the ceremony. ERRA Project Headquarters Director General Brig Aftab Qureshi Director shared details about the project.

Engineer Abdullah Al Shoabi, said that “Saudi and Pakistan have a very cordial relationship, we are very pleased with the completion of this project.” He applauded the efforts of ERAA for completing the project before the due date.

The project commenced in July 2017. ATI Hospital Director Dr. Athar Lodhi said “we are highly obliged to the Saudi Kingdom and ERAA. which has delivered many facilities through their projects to Ayub Teaching Hospital one of them being the donation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging System 9MRI), which is providing facilities to thousands patients.

Project Director ERRA presented shields to the Saudi delegates, Dr. Athar, representatives of consultant firms and construction companies.

Bukhari presented a Saudi souvenir to Project Director ERRA and Hospital Director Dr. Athar Lodhi. Deputy head of mission

Bukhari later handed over the keys of the complex to Dr Lodhi. Later, the delegation visited the apartments and gave the briefing to the media.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2018.


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