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Nation special report

Beware fraudulent housing schemes. CDA declares shopping malls, hotels including 64 housing societies illegal in Islamabad.

400 projects shelved costing Rs1.9 trillion shelved due to lack of funds

ISLAMABAD: The government has intensified its vigorous campaign against illegal and fraudlent housing societies who are making people especially overseas Pakistanis fool by luring them through eye-catching advertisements. Simultaneously, the government has cautioned and warned overseas Pakistanis not to trap themselves in such scams in the name of future profitable investment.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) has declared shopping malls, hotels including 64 private housing societies illegal in federal capital; the Online news agency has reported citing

media reports, in different areas and zones of federal capital, the department building control section of CDA has declared 64 private housing societies, furniture houses, cash and carry, restaurants, plazas, boutiques centers, carwash, apartments, hotels and mega shopping mall illegal and informed investors to stop investing in these projects while asking the construction firms and owners to stop construction immediately. They have been warned of initiation of legal action against them if they fail to abide by these directives.

The housing societies and construction projects which have been declared illegal and to whom notices have been served include Venus carpet showroom, Sara Saleem Boutique, NM Boutique, Dubai store, One Dollar shop, Carwash, We play, Nandara Cuisine, Mahnoor residential apartments, Margalla view points, Mehran complex, Islamabad heights apartments, Margalla view heights apartments, Capital resort apartments, Punjab traders, Margalla hills, Khan apartments, Abdullah heights, Ahad heights, Al-Sahab heights apartments, Sultan Khan heights, Toba heights, Prime heights, Prime apartments, Qurtaba heights, Al-Hareem heights,  Margalla heights, Islamabad heights, Al-Falah Manzil, Emerald heights, Huzaifa  heights, Capital residential, Al-Roz academy, Al-Hamid apartments, Fortune Regency, Meriden heights, Al-Foz academy, Apolo tower, UN heights, Khattak heights, Malik house, Mustafa heights, Islamabad squares, Al-Haram, Arzama  plaza, Babar Khan tower, Asghar Khan tower, Javed Khan tower, Asad Khan tower, Mehran complex, Makkah tower, Mahnoor tower, Islamabad view heights, Shaheen apartments and Neelum heights.

Fake housing society allegedly grabbed million of rupees from common citizens

Islamabad, Sept. 16 (Online): The officials of a fake housing society had allegedly deprived common citizens of millions of rupees through cheating.   Sources stated that a fake house society on the name of “Tele Town” had been established at capital Zone-5 without getting NoC and any layout plan.  The officials of hosing society had grabbed million of rupees from common citizens.Sources said that the owners of society including Ghulam Sarwar and Malik Mubashir had failed to get NoC for Capital Development Authority (CDA) despite passing several years.

Through a proper plan the officials of society had introduced plots of 200 and 500 square feet. Initially they collected million of rupees from 6000 citizens without getting any NoC from the concerned authority. Sources said that affectees also approached to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and lodged a complaint against society owners.

NAB immediately took action against society owners including Ghulam Sarwar and Malik Mubashir. However, the owners of society had returned few installments to affectees in order avoid NAB further action. After this whole episode the owners of society had again established its office at capital sector G-11 and stared plot booking again. Sources stated Tele Town Housing Society neither got any NoC nor formulate nay layout plan despite passing of 12 years.  Moreover, authority owners hadn’t given any tax.

The affected citizens have appealed to Chairman NAB, Minister of State for Interior, Director General FIA to immediately take notice of this whole ugly business.

When “Online” contacted to concern Director of CDA he stated that Tele Town Housing Society hadn’t submitted its complete documents despite repeated notices.        On the hand the owner of Housing Society  Malik Mubashir had viewed that had submitted whole documents of society in CDA office but authority had changed its policy, owing to this reason we still deprived of NoC.

Illegal constructions

Instead of demolishing, the government has decided to rent out all illegally constructed properties in Islamabad, source said on Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting held under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting also reaffirmed commitment to bring the looted money back to the national exchequer.

According to details, the competent authority has started planning to bring the looted money back from money launders. The meeting also decided to not demolish bungalows and marriage hall in the east and west of Islamabad but to rent them to earn money.

The people should see the difference of new Pakistan at the end of given dead line of October, the meeting stressed. Prime Minister while issuing directions to the interior ministry said change should be visible in 100 days.

The source said in the first phase, major constructions in Islamabad will be taken into custody whereas in the second phase, facilitators of illegal constructions in CDA, police and other departments will be brought to justice.

The prime minister also directed the competent authorities to present detailed reports of sub-departments. He said human smuggling is great challenge for the government and a policy in this regard is being formed.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Shaheryar Afridi said now those communities will be part of discussion who were never been considered human. He said this while addressing a seminar at a hotel in Islamabad on Monday.

400 projects shelved

Due to short of funds and deteriorating economic condition, the Government has dropped more than 400 approved and disapproved projects, worth of Rs 1.9 trillion, while Rs 55 billion were allocated in this year

This was told to Senate Standing Committee for Planning and Development on Tuesday, which was held at Pafrliament House with Chairman Committee Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani in the chair. Secretary Planning told the meeting that 125 billion rupees had been deducted in PSDP and new disapproved projects had been dropped, consequently, Rs1.9 trillion are decreased in expenditure.

Those projects have been also halted, in which 10 percent of work was completed. It will be preferred in the next fiscal year, he said. Secretary of Planning Division told the Committee, that Mansehra and Bannu airport projects are dropped for now, while the Islamabad Express Highway Signal Free Phase 3 project was also halted.

The water project from Indus River system for Rawalpindi and Islamabad and three to four projects in China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) included in the dropped schemes, secretary said.

The committee was informed about the Gwadar master plan also and told that the land acquisition had been postponed for the purpose, while Gwadar University is inaugurated but there is still no work on the ground. In addition,12 developmental projects for Gwadar are postponed.

The total expenditure of ten years developmental projects for FATA is 1 Rs trillion. Some approved projects had been dropped here too, a FBR member told the committee.b