CDA operation in Ghauri Town termed eyewash

Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Petitioners challenging illegal construction in Ghauri Town have alleged that the recent operation launched by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in the illegal society was just an eyewash.
Following the court orders, CDA launched an operation on April 25, and according to the civic agency, enforcement directorate had sealed 23 premises including three under construction structures.
However, a couple of days after the operation, petitioners through their lawyers, Inamul Rahim and Malik Waheed Akhtar, informed the CDA chairman that the court orders had asked the CDA to ensure that operators of Ghauri Town were restrained from illegal construction.
“It is informed with great dismay that on April 25 a heavy contingent of police force accompanied by officials of the enforcement department came to the Ghauri Town without intimating the petitioners and returned without taking any action against illegal/unauthorised construction, which is a clear example of their collaboration with the land mafia,” read the application.
Speaking to Dawn, Advocate Inamul Rahim said that CDA was supposed to stop illegal construction taking place on the land, which was initially shown to buyers as amenity plots for graveyards and park, etc.
However, when contacted the CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali said that following the court orders, the CDA last week conducted operations there and sealed 23 properties including three under construction structures.
“Yesterday, we conducted another operation to stop illegal construction and the claim that we are not conducting an operation is baseless,” he said and added that operation is a continuous process. “We will complete this process in phases,” he said.
The society is one of the largest unauthorised housing schemes in Islamabad.
In June 2017, the civic agency had sealed the offices of Ghauri Town but reopened them within a month after the society management obtained an undertaking saying: “We shall not carry out any further development work in the existing phase of Ghauri Town launched, managed and marketed by us without due approval of CDA.”
The agreement also said: “The society will provide to the CDA the requisite documents for its new and ongoing phases within 90 days from today (July 13) for processing of a layout plan and the NOC as per the requirement of the CDA.” However, so far, no action has been taken against the violation of the affidavit.

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