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Who buys the hottest penthouses?

As the Centaurus Plaza opens its Mall today, all eyes are set on who will live in the hottest penthouses in the hottest plaza in the Capital. The four penthouses at the top of Islamabad’s highest buildings have a breath-taking view, private swimming pools, each apartment having four bedrooms in two decks. The amenities could be customized from golden locks to silver taps. Life underneath these super luxurious apartments includes a five-star hotel, a mega shopping mall and a Cineplex. Two buildings have been reserved for residential apartments and one for corporate offices.
Builders say that two of the four pent houses are for sale and the asking price is a whopping Rs 240 million. Stories abounded about the owners of the two apartments. Centaurus management is keeping its lips sealed. Some say it’s Man on the Hill, others say that the dubious Malik bought one and still others say that the builders have kept two for themselves but have not been able to sell the remaining two. You know why?
Initially, a race was on among the country’s elite to buy the most prized penthouses in Pakistan overlooking the power centres that run this country. But then everybody got scared about the public scrutiny. Naturally, we would like to know the tax history of the person who spends Rs 240 million on an apartment. 
Centaurus, may have other issues also. Questions are being asked about the various favours being given to the builders about its impact on city environment, traffic, safety. The CDA bosses who gave most of the No-Objection-Certificates are already under investigation by Islamabad High Court. Neighbours around the Plaza are already worried about the change in their life style, about the increased traffic in the area. The vicinity is bound to get choked once all the apartments are full. Similarly, it's believed that the adjacent flyover and underpass were constructed to facilitate the influx of the towers. City stake-holders were not asked about the elevation heights that have been allowed in an area which is now confirmed to be earthquake prone. Also they were allowed their own grid station, in F-9 park, against environment rules and regulations. 
The biggest scrutiny will remain about financial credentials of those who can afford such opulence. What are their financial credentials? Sheshnag is watching and will keep you informed.


Last modified onFriday, 14 February 2014 16:38

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