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CDA restrained from conversion of green belts into residential plots

ISLAMABAD, Apr 20 (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) not to convert green areas or open spaces into residential areas in the various sectors of the capital.A single member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan resumed hearing of the petition filed by Usman Ali Hashmi and other petitioners to stop conversion of green belts of various sectors into residential plots.

Muhammad Aslam Khaki counsel for the petitioners apprised the court that their client have come to know that the CDA has planed to further convert the open spaces, green areas, parks and the amenity plots in various sectors of Islamabad as it done had before for their blue eyed and for influential people. He argued that CDA is bound not to allot the utility plots or open spaces and parks to any person or change their use as it is totally against the Law, rights of the people and against the justice.

He said that in the era of former Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo, the proposal for creating plots in spaces and green areas was categorically rejected and it was also decided that the open spaces and green areas shall be maintained and preserved.

Aslam said that the Cabinet Committee in its 1992 decision had directed the CDA: “the practice of converting green areas into plots should be stopped and open spaces adjacent to existing plots not to be allotted to anybody”.

After hearing arguments, Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan directed CDA to restraint from taking any step for the conversion of green belts into residential plots and adjourned hearing for two weeks.

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