Massive operation against slums in capital from March

Massive operation   against slums in   capital from March

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will launch a massive operation next month against slums in the federal capital, being occupied by families hailing from various areas of the country.
Talking to APP, an official of the CDA said that in this regard, the authority had prepared a strategy to remove all illegal kachi abadis from the federal capital.
He said that the CDA was coordinating with the Ministry of Interior and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police for conducting an operation against slums.
Another official said that the Standing Committees of Senate and the National Assembly were pushing hard for clearing illegally occupied area.
A majority of the land grabbers in the sectors are Afghans, he added. 
On the other hand, the CDA could not speed up work in the campaign against non-conforming use of residential sectors due to “non-appointment” of the new deputy commissioner and the magistrate of the authority. 
In compliance with the directives of CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal, the authority in January decided to initiate action against commercial (non-conforming) use of residential buildings and encroachments with a persistent and comprehensive strategy.
According to CDA officials, 40 to 50 cases of non-conforming commercial units in residential areas had been matured, but these could not be pursued until the appointment of the new deputy commissioner. The director (lands) was given the additional charge of the DC, they added.
According to an official, the magistrate who worked on the day-to-day challan and recovery was also not posted during the last two months.
It was observed that a number of private schools, guesthouses, boutiques, private offices and shops were functioning at various localities in the federal capital. 
According to documents, the deputy commissioner was referred a total of 1,895 cases by the Building Control Section of the authority from 2002 to date.
They said that 598 cases had been decided so far, while 503 cases were under trial at the DC court.
It is pertinent to mention here that in January, CDA Member (Administration) Amir Ali Ahmed presided over a meeting in this regard at the CDA Headquarters, which was attended by member (planning and design), Islamabad deputy commissioner, DIG (operations) and the Islamabad SSP, besides director (lands) and acting director (enforcement).
It was informed in the meeting that around 2,000 show-cause notices had been issued by the CDA to violators of building by-laws in different sectors of the federal capital. 
It was decided during the meeting that performance of this action against encroachment and non-conforming use of buildings would be reviewed on a weekly basis to ensure result-oriented action.
Meanwhile, the CDA chief directed the officials concerned for speedy completion of repair, maintenance and upgrade work of parks in the capital.
Modern facilities should be provided at the parks so that the citizens could enjoy the best recreational facilities, he said during his recent visit to Ankara and Lake View Park. 
The chairman said that a mechanism should be devised so that even after completion of repair, maintenance and uplift work, all the facilities provided at the Ankara Park may remain safe for use of the citizens for a long period of time.
During his visit to the Lake View Park, the chairman personally inspected the facilities available there.
He said that the park was visited by a large number of people everyday, which had made it the busiest recreational spot in the city. 
“People from all walks of society and all age groups regularly visit the park. Therefore, all required facilities, including clean drinking water, should be ensured there.”

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