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Rangers to be deployed to stop encroachments in G-14 sector
 
 
 

ISLAMABAD - The unpardonable negligence shrewdly coupled with the alleged connivance of the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) with some private party of Sector G-14 to keep the allottees away from getting land possession in the said sector got exposed on Thursday, it is learnt.According to details, the ICTA had to give its para-wise comments on a stay order got by a private party of Sector G-14 from Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the likely announcement of ward for the affectees of the sector. But Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), ICT, deliberately, while sitting on the files, did not give the comments for more than one-and-a-half months to prolong the stay for the reasons unknown. It transpired here on Thursday during a meeting of Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mahmood Pirzada with some senior retired bureaucrats who are allottees of sub-sectors 1,2 and 3 of Sector G-14 and waiting for the possession of land for the last many years. A senior retired bureaucrat wishing not be named informed that the Chief Commissioner during the meeting had conceded that the local administration ‘mistakenly’ could not send the comments to vacate the stay. Interestingly, due to the delaying tactics, another private party of the area got stay from the court. According to an official handout issued by the administration, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Amer Ali Ahmed, District Collector ICT, Farasat Ali Khan, Land Acquisition Collector and officials of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) attended the meeting besides some allottees of Sector G-14.However, the local administration in the meeting announced to deploy Rangers in the sub-sectors of 1, 2 and 3 of G-14 to prevent further encroachments in the area. The Rangers will also assist the local administration to get the land vacated from the area after the payment of compensation to the affectees in the light of the ward list. It was decided that a contingent of the Rangers would be deployed in the sub-sectors immediately and one to two pickets would be established by the Housing Foundation. The Land Acquisition Collector, Islamabad, had acquired the land for Sector, G-14/1,2,3 for the housing scheme of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation in 2004. However, the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation could not develop the land as the local administration failed to announce the award for the affectees of the area. The Housing Foundation has already transferred Rs 2.85 billion as compensation money to the accounts of ICT Administration that could never be given to the affectees for the last few years. The officials of Pak PWD, FGEHF and Land Acquisition Collector, ICT, had made the assessment survey of built up property in the sub-sectors.The Deputy Commissioner and the District Collector gave a detailed briefing to the participants about the acquisition of land in the said sub-sectors and handing over possession of land to the FGEHF.  As spokesman of the administration said the Deputy Commissioner informed the meeting that the sooner, the Land Acquisition Collector, ICT, received the list of award of built up property of Sub-Sector, G-14/3, from the FGEHF, he issued the public notice of 15 days which was mandatory under the Land Acquisition Act. The legal process was under way, meanwhile, the other party got stay order from the IHC. The officials of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation told the participants that they had given the tender notice in the print media for starting development work in Sector, G-14/2,3 and development work in G-14/3 would start forthwith after completing the procedure as 2000-kanal land was available in the sub-sector.The Deputy Commissioner told this correspondent that the Land Acquisition Collector had already given his comments and there was no delay on the part of the administration as the date of hearing of the case had not been fixed yet. He asked why did the Housing Foundation not apply before the court for early hearing of the case. He also said that the Foundation had more than 2400 kanals (more than 50 per cent of the total land allocated for the project) of land in its possession for the last four years but it had not developed even an inch of the land.

 
 
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