CDA least interested in taking action against illegal housing project
* Officers not ready to give information to citizens about Bahria Enclave Project
ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) management seems least interested in taking any strict action against the ‘illegal’ project of Bahria Town in Zone-IV due to which Pakistanis, especially expatriates, are likely to lose over Rs 2.5 billion, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday.
The Bahria Town management is creating an impression at their office located in Bahria Phase-VIII that almost all the plots of “Bahria Enclave” have been sold. People who want to know about the status of Bahria Town project don’t get any information from CDA as the civic authority’s officers are either scared or getting financial benefits from Malik Riaz. The disappointed citizens have sent an email to CDA chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi to get the correct information, it is learnt.
Senior citizens Tahir Ahmed, Jhanzeb, Abdul Razaq and others told this scribe that they were confused whether Bahria Town’s news project in Zone IV was approved from CDA or not because CDA officers were not ready to talk about it. Tahir Ahmed said after looking seeing advertisement published in newspapers he went to Bahria Town office located in Phase-VIII. He said there was rush of touts who were creating an impression that if some one failed to get the plot will be a ‘Big Loser’. He said a person told him that there were over 700 plots and all of them had been sold but if he (Ahmed) could submit money immediately he will try to get one plot for him. After paying Rs 500 and getting form and map I came back to my house, he added.
Ahmad said he used ‘Google Earth’ to check the location of the site and found that Bahria Enclave was over six kilometers away from Park Enclave, but in the advertisement it was shown that Bahria Town’s project is in front of Park Enclave. He said after personally visiting the site he concluded that the project was a fraud as it was not only far away but also access was just a single road that passes from Kuri Village.
He said although Bahria Town management claimed that they had got the no objection certificate (NOC) but it was strange that NOC number was not given in advertisements of the project due to which his concern increased and he tried to contact CDA Land, Estate, Planning and other departments but no one was ready to talk about the project nor they were ready to say that Bahria Town’s project was illegal. He said it seemed that officers of CDA were scared of Malik Riaz or Behria Town management had bribed them.
Ahmed, a retired officer, said that he has visited and after visiting the site he concluded that project of Bahria Town was a fraud but those who are residing abroad will invest their money in the project and according to his calculations will lose Rs 2.5 billion.