Housing scam: NAB launches inquiry against CDA Park Enclave Housing Scheme

Details sought after billions of rupees collected for project

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Zeeshan Kamboh

Islamabad

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday formally launched an inquiry against the Park Enclave Housing Scheme scandal of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

According to sources, NAB has issued to the CDA Chairman seeking the complete records of the Park Enclave Housing Scheme.

The letter inquired about the complete details of the scheme, including files, acquired area and total allocated plots. The CDA Chairman has been requested to provide the aforementioned details to the appointed investigative officer NAB Assistant Director Ahmed Khazar.

Following the letter, high-ups in the CDA have reportedly called upon officers involved in the planning, state management and land development of the scheme and have directed them to provide all records of the Park Enclave Housing Scheme to NAB.

Earlier, NAB took notice of the scheme for advertising and collecting billions of rupees from citizens and overseas Pakistanis under the name of the housing project, while the CDA did not have possession of land. NAB Chairman then ordered an inquiry into complaints against the CDA of collecting money for the Park Enclave Housing Scheme.

Earlier in August, a corruption scandal of seven CDA officers surfaced in a case of alleged corruption the supply of chlorine gas cylinders, which was registered by the FIA. In May, a mega-corruption scandal was unearthed in Accounts Group Society (Agosh II) which failed to give an adequate response to the CDA’s notices of inquiry.

Furthermore, CDA’s use of resources and developmental planning has been questioned on numerous occasions, particularly in cases of poor management of sanitation such as that of Saidpur Village or Alipur Model Town.