Sector E-12 Islamabad development, after 25 years?
Sector E-12 Islamabad development nowhere in sight
Islamabad (Daily Dawn / August 11, 2012) – Capital Development Authority (CDA) has failed to fulfill a promise made before the Supreme Court (SC) for early acquisition of sector E-12 from its current owners as the residential sector is in limbo for over 25 years, Dawn has learnt.
Sector E-12 residential unit was launched in 1970s to provide around 5,000 housing units to citizens.
Soon the land acquisition began and sale of plots was announced in 1984.
According to documents made available to Dawn Nayyar Manzoor a senior citizen has sent an application in January 2010 to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.
The apex court took up the matter in September 2010 taking notice over CDA’s failure to develop sector E-12.
Nayyar Manzoor to whom the plot was allotted to, told Dawn on Saturday: “I have paid around Rs1.2 million to the authority since 1990 and it was through balloting that I was allotted a corner plot measuring around 500 square yards but it was never allotted to me in all these years.”
The petitioner requested for possession of a plot allotted to him in sector E-12 by CDA for early construction.
However, despite allotment made in 1987, he was yet to get a letter of possession for the plot.
Brig (retired) Rehman Abbasi is also holding a 1000 square yard plot in sector E-12, saying: “I have paid all the dues to the authority as per their demands but it was wastage of money since I have no home because of CDA’s poor management to takeover the land and announce an award for the locals holding the land and clear it from any adverse or illegal possession.”
Like Mr Manzoor and Brig (retired) Rehman, over 5000 people were still waiting for the possession of a land for which they have already paid CDA.
After the court’s directives issued to CDA in September 2010, ordering the authority to submit a progress report over sector E-12, the deputy director rehabilitation on behalf of CDA, through cabinet division, ensured the apex court that in a span of a month’s time (November 2010) after completion of a few formalities, CDA will start paying the compensation to the effected landowners.
“CDA has also assured that Rs10 million will be issued to member estate for payment to the land owners, so to start development work,” said one official of the authority.He said that despite all the assurances given to the apex court, CDA’s successive managements ignored the court decision and the matter is still in limbo.
According to the document, CDA’s management has assured in writing to the court: “To get the land award finalised. Action will be completed in a month’s time.”
The Capital Development Authority management promised to the court, saying: “A dedicated team of officers be constituted which should pursue this issue on emergency basis, with landowners and to ensure payment of compensation to effected landowners, thus retrieving the possession of land at the earliest possible.”
“Chairman CDA to personally monitor working of this team and also furnish a fortnightly report to the cabinet division,” maintained the authority in its commitment given to the court.
“None of these could be materialised and the court directives were not implemented by the authority in letter and spirit,” added one official of the authority not willing to share his name.
When approached, chairman of CDA Farkhand Iqbal, maintained: “I have not made this promise to the court. It was my predecessors. Ask them.”
Admitting that it was the authority’s failure that it could not manage to complete housing sectors like sector E-12 for last several years, he said: “I can assure the citizens that all such projects will be initiated in a ‘month’s time’, since we can only get land vacated from encroachers through a public private partnership venture.”
The chairman could not share any exact time frame with Dawn relating to completion of sector E-12.
“Once a summary is approved by the Law and Justice Division for approval of the partnership venture, we will start our work,” said Mr Iqbal.
“We will hire the best companies since they (private companies) will clear the land from encroachers.”