In Pakistan 5492 housing schemes illegal, 3432 Registered – Supreme Court told
Islamabad News Report Published in Daily Dawn on Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Supreme Court if Pakistan was informed on Wednesday that 5492 housing societies in the country were still unregistered, illegal or only on papers, while the number of registered or licensed housing schemes stood at 3,432.
A report furnished before a 3 judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, said that of the total unregistered or illegal housing societies/schemes are as follows:-
Total Illegal Housing Scheme (Pakistan) = 5492
Punjab Province = 4098
Sindh Province = 1066
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province = 208
Islamabad Capital District = 115
Balochistan Province = 5
Total Approved/Registered Housing Scheme (Pakistan) = 3432
No. of Companies registered = 2620
No. of co-operative societies registered = 812
this report has been furnished by Additional Attorney General Nayyar Abbas Rizvi.
The court was informed that forensic audit of 2,690 housing societies had been completed so f ar.
The forensic audit of housing schemes/ societies has been conducted on the orders of the Supreme Court which had on May 8 last year set up a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the matter.
The report observed that a majority of the approved housing societies had made several changes to their approved plans without permission of the authorities concerned and some of these societies even had sold the land meant for graveyards in the shape of plots to the general public, and in some cases because of extension of these societies, the graveyard lands were continuously shifting.
Moreover, in a society, the electricity connection approved for it is being used in the society`s extension also without payment of new demand notices, the report said, adding that in many cases approval of housing societies/schemes had been accorded without meeting planning standard i.e. five per cent land reserved for the commercial area.
In some cases, the report said, gas, electricity and other utilities/amenities were not available and balloting of plots had been done without the approval by the regulator.
Moreover, the report noted, development work had not been completed in the prescribed timeline under the rules and some societies had been set up even without purchasing land. In some housing schemes, there were no paved roads and some had damaged roads. Some of the schemes, the report said, had partial boundary walls, with partial security and sewerage systems.
In the case of unlicensed housing societies,the report said, their offices had been established inside the societies and they were selling plots without approval of the authorities concerned.
Such housing schemes, the report said, were operating on temporary agriculture connections of electricity from Wapda, but they were advertising through billboards and electronic media.
The report also highlighted that 26 housing societies had moved to the high court, challenging the forensic audit.
The report suggested formation of a high-powered committee to thoroughly investigate the affairs of the cooperative department.