Anti-encroachment drive; around 6,399 illegal structures demolished.


ISLAMABAD -- The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has razed down some 6,399 illegal structures from the state land during the last year.

The CDA Enforcement Wing in collaboration with local administration and other formations of the civic agency has confiscated as many as 13,879 illegal encroachment items by conducting 1,207 operations during the said period.

The authority had also fined Rs 1.7 million to the encroachers, an official source in CDA Enforcement Department told reporter.

To a query, he said several footpaths, blockages and partitions constructed in the verandas and other areas were also being demolished to discourage the reemergence of encroachments.

'The advertisements are also being published in newspapers to warn encroachers,' the official added.

Around 15,000 kanals of land amounting to Rs 357 billion had also been retrieved so far from illegal occupants by the city managers, an official in the capital administration said.

The land had been retrieved in Bari Imam and Tarnol areas along with the Korang Nullah, the Kashmir Highway and the Islamabad Expressway, he said and pointed out that the ongoing anti-encroachment drive was in full swing.

While the city managers have claimed massive operation against encroachers, the public, at the same time, seems less-satisfied from the pace of anti-encroachment drive.

Expressing their concerns, the citizens on urged the authorities concerned to intensify the action against illegal occupants and keep a check on reemergence of encroachments.

Talking to reporter, a resident of G-7/1 Umar Khattak said along the Nullah, some people had encroached upon a huge chunk of valuable land of the CDA in shape of slums dwellers and recently...

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