ISLAMABAD: The sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat on Tuesday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) not to issue revised layout plan (LOP) for any cooperative housing societies.

A meeting of the sub-committee was held under the chairmanship of Shahid Hassan Bugti to discuss joint report of CDA and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration with regard to the performance of Cooperative Housing Societies.

The committee observed that gross violation of rules has been committed by the societies with the connivance of CDA and Cooperative Housing Societies Department. The societies reduced length of Nullahs, over-booking of plots, non-completion of possessions and allotted the plots in bulk.

The committee directed the CDA and the ICT to make sure that no violation should take place in future and violations committed by the societies should be rectified. The committee also directed the ICT to hire services of renowned lawyers to pursue the cases in the court of law. Chief Commissioner ICT Tariq Pirzada informed the committee that lawyers were engaged for pursuing various cases on the recommendation of Law Division.

“We have no such resources to hire services of renowned lawyers to pursue cases in the court of law,” he added. Shahid Bugti said that the cooperative housing societies squeezed water channels, roads, green belts to create more and more commercial and residential plots which is a sheer violation of approved layout plan.

He said that the proceedings of parliament or parliamentary committees could not be challenged in any court of law under the constitution. However, he said some people were trying to challenge proceedings or decisions of committees.

CDA officials apprised the committee that the LOPs and NOCs of all those societies were cancelled which violated the rules besides informing the authorities concerned for taking action.

Shahid Bugti asked the CDA and ICT officials to restore the water channel, empty plots, green belts, roads etc as per approved original LOP and it should be strictly followed.