islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is striving hard to have its own police station which would help it in anti-encroachment campaigns, sources in the CDA told The Nation on Wednesday.

The PC-I of the project is being drafted at the CDA headquarters after the chairman and finance division of Capital Development Authority have approved the idea. The full-time police station will work under the command and control of directorate of enforcement of the authority and will ensure law and order during anti-encroachment drives in the city. Similarly, cases against the encroachers would be lodged in the CDA police station, which would also pursue the cases in the courts of law. Currently, police officials from Islamabad police are deputed in the enforcement directorate to help CDA officials maintain law and order during anti-encroachment drives.

A high-level officer in the CDA told this scribe that the CDA staff faced stiff resistance, particularly in the rural areas where community got together within no time against the CDA officials whenever they approached there to remove encroachment. In some cases, even the CDA officials were implicated in criminal cases by police as they retaliated to the resistance offered by the encroachers, he added.

In a recent case of similar nature, three directors of the enforcement directorate were booked by Shahzad Town police for allegedly demolishing house of one Muhammad Hanif of Jhangi Syedan without mandate. According to the FIR, Muhammad Iqbal, Badar Maqsood and Hamaduddin Muhammad of the CDA enforcement directorate and some 100-120 armed persons without notice and warning demolished Hanif‘s house in Jhangi Syedan area.

A senior officer at the enforcement directorate on condition of anonymity said that the enforcement teams got demoralised when they were booked for criminal act.

According to the officials deputed at the enforcement directorate, police staff is not attending office properly and discipline of the force is poor which is creating problems for the directorate. Usually, the police personnel in aid of CDA would be without weapons and the CDA officials don’t have required machinery to remove encroachment swiftly, he said. “It is better to leave the spot immediately after clearing the encroachment but the CDA officials have to remove it manually and it gives time to the community to assemble and offer resistance,” he added.

The officer said that the authority was also introducing a universal access number and helpline for general public to lodge complaints against encroachment. The chairman CDA has approved the idea and very soon enforcement control room would become functional.