CDA alters Park Enclave Housing Scheme layout plan
Islamabad (September 12, 2012) – City managers continue to add to the miseries of those who invested their hard-earned money in Capital Development Authority housing scheme, Park Enclave, despite sinking credibility of CDA.
In an effort to earn more money at the cost of promised facilities at the site, the city managers have silently altered the original layout plan of its “dream” housing society by introducing drastic changes to original one, documents available with TheNation revealed.
Besides carving out some 53 new plots each measuring 1,000 square yards at prime locations after moving several plots measuring 500 square yards outside the original layout and across the 60-feet wide seasonal nullah, the authority has also reduced the green area up to 28 per cent of the total area of the Park Enclave.
In original layout plan 60 per cent of the total area of the Park Enclave was reserved for natural landscaping and allied facilities but in revised layout plan it has been reduced to 28 per cent. “Park Enclave is the only environmental friendly model housing scheme in the heart of the Islamabad-the Green City – where 60 per cent of the area is meant for natural landscaping and allied facilities,” former Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi was quoted as saying in a news statement released on July 27, 2011 by the public relations directorate of the Authority.
But now the situation is otherwise, as there are more plots but less area meant for landscaping. The original layout plan that was widely publicised in print and electronic media to lure investors/overseas Pakistanis to invest their money was perfect and enough to justify Rs12 million investment against 500 square yards plots.
As per original layout plan, available with The Nation, all the plots were of uniformed size, that is 500 square yards, with no plots along the seasonal nullah and depression areas fall within the site of proposed housing scheme.
The same layout plan also suggest 60 percent green area meant for landscaping and other allied facilities while housing units on 40 percent of the total area of Park Enclave.
But now after the allottees have submitted down payments and two instalments of their respective plots it is dawned upon them that layout plan is not the same that was showed to them at the time of launch of this housing society.
Now some 53 new plots each measuring 1000 square yards have been created in violation of original layout plan by shifting 30 percent of the plots measuring 500 square yards along and across the nullah.
Similarly other features including bio-face recognition access at central gate, facility of video conference between house and central gate, cameras at street corners with recording system, zero or least emission house, bio-gas generation plant, solar panels at roof tops, a hospital, four water falls, water front open-air restaurant with walking trail are missing from the revised layout plan of Park Enclave.
Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal was tried to contact on his cell phone but he did not pick up the call. However, Member Planning and Design of CDA talking to TheNation said layout of the Park Enclave was approved by the CDA in recent past and now the project is in its implementation phase. Regarding changes in layout plan, he said, he was not aware about the exact information, as he had taken charge of the post of Member Planning when whole the project was finalised.
(Published in Daily TheNation Lahore Published on 12-09-2012)