islamabad - The enforcement directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has expressed its inability to check the encroachments in the city, saying the encroachers again restart their business as soon as the enforcement staff leaves the site.

In the absence of a proper monitoring and vigilance mechanism, the directorate is unable to bear fruit of the anti-encroachment drives carried out time and again in different sectors of the city as, according to the sources, the corrupt officials of the directorate give room to the encroachers against monthly ‘charges’.

According to the documents available with this correspondent, the directorate could not satisfy Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat when a local resident Rizwan Altaf approached Wafaqi Mohtasib, stating that sector I-10 is the most neglected sector of the capital where markaz and markets are full of encroachments. He said streets have not been carpeted since long, sewerage and drainage system in the sector is outdated, parks are with broken swings, and supply of drinking water is not available. He had requested that CDA should be directed to take necessary steps for repair, maintenance and development of basic infrastructure in the sector.

On the other hand, the enforcement directorate maintained that encroachment is a continuing process and encroachers again restart their business as enforcement staff leaves the site. However, Wafaqi Mohtasib directed that anti-encroachment operation be re-conducted and report be submitted to the secretariat.

Meanwhile, Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Maroof Afzal chaired a meeting at CDA Headquarters yesterday to review the arrangements made by the Environment Wing of the authority to prevent and control fire eruption in the Margalla Hills National Park area during the current summer season. The meeting was attended by Member Environment CDA Sanaullah Aman, Director General Environment, Director General Civic Management and senior officers of the relevant formations.

Member Environment Sanaullah Aman apprised the chairman CDA that all the check posts of environment wing in Margalla Hills will remain operational till the upcoming monsoon rains to ensure effective monitoring to check fire incidents. Member Environment further informed that two fire tenders, along with necessary staff, will remain deputed round the clock at check post Near Monal Restaurant and Zoo to assist the staff of the environment wing. He was further informed that strict vigilance has also been ensured for identifying and investigating the reasons for forest fire. The chairman CDA was further briefed that search dogs will also be provided to detect the persons involved in the forest fire. He was further informed that control room of environment wing would be operational round the clock during the fire season with a forest guard and wireless base station. Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal directed the concerned formations of the authority to take all possible measures to control forest fire eruption and increase the deployment for effective monitoring and patrolling at Margalla Hills National Park area.

He further directed the concerned formations to seek the cooperation of local residents of Margalla Hills and take severe legal action against miscreants who are involved in destroying the green cover and natural beauty of Margalla Hills National Park area.