CDA issues final show cause notices to owners

In pursuance of the directives of Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has issued final show cause notices to the owners of agro farms in federal capital who failed to meet the terms and conditions of defined criteria of allotment.If the owners of the agro farming plots could not comply with the terms and conditions of the allotment for specific agro business within seven days, the competent authority could cancel the ownership.

The agro landowners of federal capital would face the music if they failed to provide solid proof of cultivation of vegetables, fruits, etc at their allotted plots with the short span of time.As per information, politicians, bureaucrats, feudal lords, and other influential persons kept agro based form houses in Islamabad. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz to review the progress on operation / action taken against the violators of CDA by-laws here at CDA Headquarters on Wednesday. The Member Planning and Deisgn, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, and Mrs. Shaista Sohail, Member Estate briefed the meeting wherein officers of Estate Management Directorate, Building Control, Planning Wing and Law Wing were also present. Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz directed the concerned formations of the authority to issue seven days final show cause notices to the owners who violated CDA by-laws and cancel their allotments who do not comply with the terms and conditions. These agro farmhouses had been allotted for the cultivation of fruit, vegetable and poultry purpose. He directed CDA Magistrate to recover fine from the violators with immediate effect whose cases for recovery of fine are under process.

To discourage wedding ceremonies at the agro farms, the Chairman CDA directed for establishment of proper and effective monitoring system to keep vigilance on such functions. Chairman CDA directed the Estate Management Wing to review the terms and conditions of allotment of agro farms for strict implementation. On this occasion, Chairman CDA was apprised that in cases of non-development, a recovery of Rs.2 million on account of fine has been recovered from the owners of agro farms, while earlier, in case of fine against the illegal construction on the agro farms, Rs.17 million has been recovered. He was informed that a committee comprises of Building Control, Enforcement Directorate and CDA Magistrate has been constituted for carrying out operations against the violators of building by-laws, however, some of them have agreed for demolition of illegal structures at their own.

The Chairman CDA urged the concerned formations that if the owners show reluctance in demolishing of their illegal structures till Monday, then carry out the operation for demolition of these structures. He also directed to bring up the recommendation for reduction in 12,500 square feet of covered area on agro farm along with recommendation of basement for the purpose of construction of cold storage facility in next meeting of CDA Board for its consideration. Chairman CDA also directed Member Planning and Design, Syed Mustafain Kazmi to identify and plan marriage lawns at appropriate locations in different sectors convenient to general public, which would be offered for open auction.

It may be noted that during the PPP government about 300 kiosks were allocated by the civic agency in different parts of the city. When Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui took up identical petitions filed against encroachments, Naveedul Haq, the director of the enforcement wing, said the authority had also cancelled the licence for the establishment of 450 kiosks near Faizabad. A number of CDA officials refused to give a statement on record when asked why the kiosk was allotted to the close workers during the PPP government. However, an official in the civic agency said they would soon launch a campaign to take care of such illegal structures, adding a list had also been prepared in this regard. The official said a police special branch and a sensitive security agency had also pointed out a number of kiosks issued to the PPP jiyalas during the last five years that needed to be demolished as most of them were located close to sensitive buildings.

According to the security agency and the police special branch, some unwanted people have been seen frequenting these kiosks and they could create security problems in the city,” explained the official. He said a report on the demolition of the illegal establishments would be submitted to the court this week.” We will demolish every kiosk which has been allocated in violation of the CDA business rules,” added the official.