The Federal Cabinet is likely to take up a summary from the Ministry of Interior at its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), enabling the Capital Development Authority to take over Sector E-11.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday prepared a summary to be sent to federal government to revoke President Ayub’s orders, which would be taken up by the Federal Cabinet as an ex-agenda item at its next meeting on Tuesday.
“Once okayed by the Federal Cabinet, a Presidential Order would be issued to allow the CDA to take over the whole Sector E-11 and enforce its regulations and building bye-laws,” the official sources.
The objectives of the summary would be achieved by revoking Presidential orders of the then President Ayub Khan which exempted Sector E-11 from acquisition apparently due to the presence of Golra Sharif shrine.
Out of five, three housing societies including Medical Cooperative Housing Society, which saw urban flooding recently are operating without no objection certificates (NOCs). Besides illegal housing societies, the sector is also dotted with over 70 unauthorised high-rise buildings and many of them are located in narrow streets, which poses risk.
The sources said that decision to avoid any flash flood situation in Sector E-11 in principle was taken during a meeting between the Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar and the CDA Chairman Amer Ahmed Ali after flood water coming from a nullah inundated a street of Medical Housing society, drowning a mother and her child.
The management and sponsors of all the five housing societies would bear expenses for the hydrological survey, widening roads and streets by removing encroachments and compensations whatsoever.
The management of Capital Development Authority has issued show-cause notices to the owners of private housing societies located in Sector E-11 for violating building bye-laws and allowing illegal constructions.
In addition, the CDA administration has registered an FIR against the owners of private housing societies including Fortune Empire, FECHS, PECHS at Golra Police Station. During the construction of the basements, no safety measures were taken by the owners and developers to deal with any emergency.
Though, the civic agency in the light of CDA Ordinance 1960 is supposed to regulate all buildings and houses within 906 square kilometres of Islamabad, it kept itself restricted mostly to its own sectors and left E-11 as a no man’s land, on the pretext of “exempted” status of this sector. This resulted in mushroom growth of unauthorised buildings.
Similarly, the CDA also did not enforce its bylaws in rural areas until 2017, but that was too late as thousands of unauthorised buildings and houses in rural areas had already been constructed.
Meanwhile, sources said that an inquiry is being conducted by deputy commissioner Islamabad regarding the Medical Cooperative Housing Society. They said that the society, which narrowed down the natural stream in 2010, got its layout plan approved by CDA. However, later on due to violations, the civic agency cancelled the layout plan but did not take any serious action to stop growth of the society.