CDA retrieves land worth billions of rupees from encroachers


Zeeshan Kamboh


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has retrieved costly land worth billions of rupees from adverse possession during its ongoing operation against encroachments.

The CDA has launched the operation against encroachments on the special directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Supreme Court.  Sources said that both the CDA and the Islamabad administration demolished several buildings illegally constructed on the state land.

The grand anti-encroachment operation on the right way of Islamabad’s Kashmir Highway was launched some three days back.

As per statistics, the civic authorities razed a number of illegally constructed buildings and structures and retrieved the prime land from encroachers. All major marriage halls, a famous restaurant of international food chains and hostels were demolished during the operation.

CDA Member State Khushal Khan supervised the whole operation while personnel of Islamabad police, Rangers, Elite Force and others took part in the operation. The authorities did not face any resistance during the operation. The owners, however, maintained that the CDA and district administration caused losses worth millions of rupees to them without issuing any prior notice of the operation.

On the other hand, the authorities while rejecting the accusations said that several notices were issued to the owners but they fell on deaf ears.

The civic bodies declared that the operation will continue until the complete elimination of encroachments. The demolition squad, however, spared some marquees, showrooms and hotels during the encroachment drive.

The CDA has 300-feet wide land on both sides of the Kashmir highway. Although a service road can be used to reach the Kashmir Highway, the owners of the marquees and showrooms have carved direct access to the highway in a clear violation of rules.

The sources said that the CDA had also demolished a house of a late former superintendent of police. Moreover, the authorities also arrested more than 50 persons for putting up resistance.  Sector G-12, where the operation was carried out, lacks proper planning as it did not fully in possession of the CDA.

The CDA had acquired the Sector G-12 land back in 1985, but the locals refused to give possession as they found the compensation money insufficient. Since then, there has been a ban on the sale and purchase of land in the sector.

After the completion of operation along the Kashmir Highway and Sector D-12, the CDA has now started operation at Faizabad-Islamabad intersection. During the operation, the CDA demolished several illegal vehicle stands.

CDA building control and other officers told Daily Morning Mail that the ongoing operation against illegal constructions would continue according to the directions of the high-ups.