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SC gives 10 days to CDA to demarcate land

The Supreme Court has directed the Capital Development Authority to complete the demarcation of land owned by six private housing schemes in Sector E-11 in ten days, so that their land disputes could be resolved in the best interest of the plot owners, an official of CDA told Dawn on Thursday.

The official said in a case of Services Cooperative Housing Society (SCHS) Vs CDA chairman, assistant director land/tehsildar CDA; the apex court directed the CDA to complete the demarcation of land owned by National Police Foundation (NPF), SCHS as well as all other housing societies and private owners.

A source in the CDA said six housing societies, which had sold residential plots in the sector beyond the land they actually possessed, had submitted affidavits to CDA giving assurance that they would remove all deficiencies in their housing schemes.

However, the SCHS complained that despite giving the assurance, the NPF was not abiding by the CDA directives and was reluctant to cede the land of the society and other private housing schemes it had encroached in the area.

According to a CDA document, the management of six housing schemes in E-11 had assured the authority that in case of non-compliance of the affidavits by December 20, the CDA could take action against them.
Over 4,000 people have paid billions of rupees to these societies for residential plots, some of which even don’t exist.

A CDA source said the decision to bind the societies to honour their sales of plots was taken last month to secure the billions of rupees invested by over 4,000 people in the schemes. Managers of the schemes were told that no more time would be given to them to set right the affairs of their societies.

Plots offered in E-11 attracted great number of investors and fetched the private societies between Rs15 million and Rs20 million for a plot measuring 500 square yards.

Those which did roaring business were National Police Foundation Housing Scheme (NFPHS), Federation of Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS), Pakistan Medical Cooperative Housing Society (PMCHS), Services Cooperative Housing Society (SCHS), Multi-Professionals Cooperative Housing Society (MPCHS) and Ahbab Multi-Purpose Cooperative Housing Society (AMPCHS).

According to a CDA document, the NPFHS has 970 kanals against its approved layout plan of 1,325 kanals. But its management said it possessed 1,213 kanals.

Similarly, FECHS has 375 kanals against its requirement of 400 kanals; PMCHS 179 possessed kanals against 256 kanals; SCHS 255 kanals against 269 kanals, and MPCHS, in joint venture with AMPCHS, has 766 kanals against 811 kanals it requires.

CDA sources said none of the six housing schemes, which were launched during civilian governments in the 1980s and 1990s, had acquired the land mentioned in their layout plans. In some cases, one society has a patch of land in an area owned by another society.

Attempts to exchange such isolated possessions have not succeeded, complicating the shortfall issue.

Only two societies — MPCHS and NPF — have developed infrastructure on the land they possessed and built houses.

Source: The Dawn

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