Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started earthwork for development of sectors I-11, I-12 to provide accommodation facility to above 15,000 allottees coveting to have their shelter in federal capital.

MPO: “We have started ground work in sectors of I-11 and I-12. Machinery Pool Organisation (MPO) has moved its machines to the site to complete the earthwork prior to hiring of contractor,” said a senior CDA official.

He said the authority could not develop any residential sector for last two decades after opening of Sector F-11, so it was inevitable to complete development work of these two sectors without any delay.

The housing shortage has swelled in the city to above 50,000 units and the people are forced to bear skyrocketing house rents despite having paid the amount for residential plots in different sectors, he said.

The official said the basic purpose of activating MPO was to utilise authority’s own resources as the directorate was almost abandoned due to some procedural flaws and it was the only way to start the stalled work of sectors development.

Evacuation: He said the evacuation of land had been started after signing a package deal with the villagers. He said repatriation of Afghan refugees living there had been started with the cooperation of UNHCR.

“CDA had signed a package deal with residents of Soran (Sector I-11) and Bokra (Sector I-12) villages in May last year, resolving the 40-year old dispute of compensation hindering the development work,” said the official.

He said the hiring of contractor was also in progress, adding that MPO was executing work on the rates defined by the National Highway Authority.

“As we cannot solely develop whole sector so it requires the engagement of a contractor,” said the official.

He said besides giving possession of residential plots to 2,500 allottees, more than 300 commercial plots would also be available for auction to generate revenue for the civic body.

Source: Daily Times