ISLAMABAD: A few parliamentarians have shown exceptional interest in the recently-launched CDA housing sector and have deposited forms for balloting.

“A number of MPs have deposited their forms along with the downpayment of 10 percent of the total cost of land,” a CDA official said, adding that there was no bar on the MPs or anybody else to seek plots in such scheme.

CDA Chairman Imtiaz Enayat Elahi told The News that it was in his knowledge that many MPs had got the forms to apply for plots in the new sector, which has been launched for private citizens after over two decades.

Hundreds of MNAs and senators already have plots in the private Parliamentarians’ Enclave, which was introduced a few years back by one of their colleagues. However, its fate is in the doldrums since long and it has not even taken off in the absence of acquisition of sufficient land for the colony.

The chairman said that as per amendments in the Zoning Regulations, private housing schemes have been allowed in Zone-IV of Islamabad after the issuance of no-objection certificate (NOC) by the CDA.

He said that in a 2008 decision on a suo moto notice, the Supreme Court ordered the CDA not to stop the residents of Zone-IV from constructing houses and commercial buildings on their private land. It also held that disallowing private citizens to build houses on their land was a violation of fundamental rights.

However, before changes in the zoning regulations were made, a number of ill-planned private housing colonies mushroomed in Zone-IV with the CDA being a helpless spectator to the illegality. The civic body has not been able to take any action against them.

The chairman did not know the exact number of applications received by the CDA so far for the Park Enclave, but said the real rush would start in the last few days of the expiry of the last date, July 31.

The cash-starved CDA has offered just 700 & 500-square yards residential plots in the first phase of the Enclave and expects to generate funds of Rs5 billion. This is the first sector that the CDA has launched for private citizens after a long time. For many years, it has been giving plots in sectors like I-8, G-13 and G-14 to only government servants, barring private citizens from applying for the same.

Officials say CDA plans to sell 600 plots in the second phase of the Park Enclave after a few months, which would touch the Park Road. The price of plots would be significantly hiked as against the cost offered in first phase. They say CDA has fixed the highest-ever price of one 500 square yards plot in the Park Enclave compared to its past offers in other residential sectors.