Encroachments continue to damage capital’s beauty

ISLAMABAD: The increasing trend of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the residential areas by private offices, schools and houses is putting the capital’s beauty at risk. A number of private schools, houses and offices in different sectors of the federal capital, including I10, F6, F7, F8, F10, G9 and G7, are encroaching upon lands of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and causing heavy financial loss to the authority. Private institutes have occupied acres of land illegally for making gardens and car parking in fronts of their buildings. Many have captured the spaces through installing gates, extending boundary walls and putting concrete blocks in front of their buildings, irking the masses residing in these areas. Noman Yasir, a resident of Sector F10/1, said that many private offices had encroached upon CDA land to construct parking and gardens for their offices. Bilal, another resident of Sector G9, said that private offices had illegally occupied CDA lands in various localities, causing nuisance to the residents. He said that the practice was also affecting the flow of traffic in residential areas. Moreover, he said that rapid movement of office vehicles at such places could also cause accidents during the opening and closing timings. When contacted, Capital Development Authority (CDA) spokesman Asim Khichi said that the directorate of enforcement regularly carries out anti-encroachment drives both in residential and commercial areas, and had been removing all such unauthorised constructions, whether they were raised by an individual or an institution. He said that the CDA chairman had issued special directives to remove encroachments in every locality.

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