ISLAMABAD - Apart from using residential units for commercial purposes, a number of influential violators have also encroached vast tracts of CDAs land without any check. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has so far identified more than 800 houses in the Federal Capital falling under non-conforming use of residential quarters, where offices, schools, hostels, embassies, restaurants, and guest houses are established, but the civic body is helpless against the powerful owners of these houses. During a visit to Sector F-7, one of the worst hit sectors, TheNation found that a number of restaurants opened in residential quarters had also encroached several kanals of CDA land. Two such restaurants situated in sub-sector F-7/4 opposite the Kohsar Police Station have encroached nearly 1000 sq yards of Government land worth billion of rupees for parking purposes without approval of the CDA. Record available with the civic agency has also confirmed the violation. Residents of the sub-sector informed that CDA was taking no action against these violators. Rather, senior CDA officials could be seen frequently visiting these restaurants, which have also committed visible violations of CDAs building bylaws by building additional facilities in these houses without the approval of the CDA. When contacted in person, a senior official of the Authority recently posted in the Building Control Section (BSC), said that there were a number of loopholes in CDAs procedures to curb the non-conforming use of residential units. He, however, said that he had instructed Deputy Commissioner CDA and Directorate of Enforcement to devise a workable strategy within a week to deal with the menace of non-conforming use. He assured that the practice would be strictly checked in future, adding that the number of violations would be considerably reduced in coming days. The non-conforming use is not only a sheer violation of CDA bylaws but has also become a permanent source of unrest as well as security threat to the residents of adjacent residential areas. During TheNations visit to Sector F-7, a resident offered a unique remedy to curb the violations, saying CDA should disconnect sewerage connections of the houses used for commercial purposes to compel the owners to abide by CDA laws. If the Authority has no power to impose fine or cancel allotment of violators, it should at least disconnect their sewerage connections to compel them to comply with CDAs regulations, the resident said.