Operation begins against seven illegal housing schemes

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RAWALPINDI: The district administration and the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) are set to seal seven illegal housing societies on Grand Trunk Road near Taxila on Monday (today).
The RDA had sought help from the deputy commissioner to seal the offices of the illegal housing societies. After consultation with the authorities concerned, the deputy commissioner directed to launch the action.
In a letter to the district administration, the RDA said Wapda Town, Mouza Jahando; Kohsar Extension, Mouza Pind Gondal; Faisal Town, Mouza Anwar Chowk, Wah Cantt; Margalla Hills, New City, Phase-II, Block-M; Arrora Housing Scheme, Mouza Lab Thutoo and Kohistan Enclave (extension), Mouza Sarga, Brahama, were illegal.
The civic body also requested the district administration to arrange police to maintain law and order on the operation day. It said the housing schemes did not get permission from the RDA and were involved in sale and purchase of

District admin’s help sought to seal the societies, RDA chairman says
When contacted, RDA Chairman Arif Abbasi said the district administration had been provided with a list of the illegal housing societies and requested to help the civic body launch an operation against them on Monday (today).
He said notices had been issued to the housing societies to stop advertisement and close their site offices. However, the housing societies did not respond positively to the civic body.
He said the operation against unauthorised housing societies would continue in other parts of the district. He said the RDA was uploading lists of illegal housing societies on its website for the information of the citizens.
He said a special counter had also been established in the RDA offices to facilitate the people.
He said the operation had been planned in Taxila early this month but police were not available due to which it had to be postponed. He said the RDA had also sent notices, challans, demolition orders and requests to the city police officer for the provision of a police force.
The RDA chairman said the civic body later sought help from the district administration.
He said the absence of a magistrate also created problems in recovery of fees from defaulters and private parties. He said the government had been requested to appoint a magistrate in the RDA like in Wasa and cantonment boards so it would issue challans to those who failed to pay their fees and fines.
He said as per clause B(d) of Punjab Private Housing Schemes, Land Subdivision Rules 2010, a preliminary planning permission shall not permit marketing of plots or publicity of the scheme by a society. However, it has been observed that some housing societies violated the rules and issued advertisement for marketing. He said action would be taken against all those housing societies who had started advertisements of their projects.
“A separate list of all such housing societies has been prepared,” he said.

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