CDA management grilled over stalled housing project

CDA management grilled over stalled housing project

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and Capital Administration Development Division on Tuesday grilled top management of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) which has failed to complete Park Enclave project.
The committee noted that a private developer’s project in the same areas is in an advanced stage. It was of the view that officials of the CDA do not want to serve the people. It noted that people have deposited billions of rupees to the civic body to allotment of plots in the Park Enclave but the authority has even failed to construct the boundary wall of the housing society for the last two years. The committee said that the management of the CDA kept giving assurances to the parliamentarians about initiating developmental work but they came with excuses and justifications later.
CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal, who took charge of the post recently, assured the committee that a lot of progress will be made within five weeks over various developmental works, including Park Enclave. He said after the approval of the PC-1 of the project by the CDA-Development Working Party, awards will be announced and then all work will be completed within six months. 
The technical wing of the CDA has already approved PC-1 and now it requires approval from CDA-DWP, he maintained. “There is no problem of funding for Park Enclave project and the authority has collected Rs 2.9 billion from the allottees,” Afzal stated. He told the committee that some locals have been creating problems in the execution of the project.
The CDA chairman assured the committee that the incumbent management of CDA is fully committed to completing this project as early as possible. “All efforts are being made to put the project on the right track and complete the development works on fast track basis. The results will be significantly visible in short period of time but it is difficult to complete the work by March this year,” he said. 
Kurri Model Village: Chairperson of the committee, Kalsoom Parveen directed the CDA to made payment to legal residents of the areas. She observed that the government had acquired the land but could not make payment in time, which resulted in increase in the number of affectees. Parveen said that genuine affectees be determined through revenue records of the areas concerned, while the rest will be dealt in court. The CDA officials informed the committee that a total of 1,800 people, who have been deemed genuine affectees, are eligible for compensation. 
However, there are two stay orders on this project, one from the affectees and second for setting aside the whole award. The CDA is trying to have the stay orders vacated after which the process of compensation will be initiated. The committee gave CDA 15 days to update it on the progress on this project. 
Law wing of CDA: Members of the committee expressed serious reservations over the composition of Law Wing of CDA which, according to them, was the main bone of contention in several projects of the apex civic body. 
The wing is headed by simple a law graduate and several posts in it remain vacant since long. CDA officials told the committee that 24 working lawyers are on the panel of the authority. They said presently around 3,736 cases are pending in different courts. The committee ordered that details of all these cases be presented in the next meeting.

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