ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to remove all illegal slums (Katchi Abadies) of Islamabad within one month.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also directed the civic body to submit the report to the court in this connection after the one month.

During the hearing, Member Administration CDA Amir Ali Ahmed along with an additional secretary of the Ministry of Interior Hamid Ali Khan appeared before the court.

The single bench of IHC directed the respondents to abolish the illegal slum areas and submit detail report on March 12.

On the previous hearing, the court had directed the secretary interior to appear before the court in person and had also directed the CDA member admin to submit details on the mushroom growth of slums.

Member admin CDA told the court that there were almost ten legal Katchi Abadies in Islamabad and almost same number is illegal. Legal Katchi Abadies were those whose record lies with the CDA. However, he added that the CDA also wished to relocate these legal Katchi Abadies.

At this juncture Justice Siddiqui observed that if CDA while acquiring land for the development of new sectors announced the award for land and for the built-up properties simultaneously, these Katchi Abadies would hard to emerge. "It is because of sluggishness of the development authority that people build new houses over the land where CDA intends to develop new sectors," the judge further observed.  Addressing to the additional secretary Ministry of Interior, the judge said that the CDA is willing to remove these Katchi abadies, now it is your duty to assist them and provide them a cover.

Additional Secretary Interior requested the court to give two months' time to do away with this task but the court directed respondents to initiate the process within one month and then submit the report.

The court also expressed annoyance over the IESCO and SNGPL who provide electricity and gas without confirming status of the property.

Member Admin CDA informed the court that the authority has started a survey of all slums in the city and the population of slums would be evaluated after its completion.

Additional Secretary Interior told the court that he had launched operation against Katchi Abadies located in sector I-11 when he was DC Islamabad in 2000.