Islamabad-Most of private housing societies in the federal capital keep alluring investors by false promises, forging facts and figures, and at end of the day leave the residents helpless once they construct a home and start living in the locality, alleged residents of some of the housing schemes.

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The residents find nothing but a group of people in the management whose faces often change but their acts remain the same, that is, to leave the investors in lurch and mint money through different means, they lamented.

Rizwan, a resident of Jinnah Gardens Housing Society, pointed out that electric wires covered with ordinary tape were lying at several streets of the society, adding that a number of complaints had been lodged with the office-bearers in this regard, but in vain.

“There is also shortage of water in the society and lack of gas at certain places, said Amin, another resident of the society.

The management is well aware of the problems being faced by the residents and is trying its best to resolve the same, an official of the society said. He added that the society was in consultation with IESCO and the issue of uncovered wires would be resolved soon. He, however, did not agree that people were facing water shortage or low gas pressure. The official said that a number of steps were being taken for benefiting the residents and society including installation of LED lights and close-circuit cameras, beautification, maintenance of parks and provision of clean drinking water.

There are a number of housing societies in Zone-IV and V of the capital city where residents are unsatisfied, even frustrated, over the way administrations are running affairs without having any vision or planning. “The condition of roads is very rough as they have not been repaired since the society was established,” Riaz Ahmed, a resident of Soan Gardens, said.

He said that there was no clean drinking water in the locality and parks were also in dilapidated condition.

It is worth mentioning that to get the map approved and attain NOC from the CDA, the concerned management of a housing society has to fulfil all the requirements of the civic body and it does the same but later the approved layout plan is often violated.

Ahsan, a resident of CBR Employees Cooperative Housing Society, said that the administration of the society did not pay attention in providing basic facilities to the residents, as there was only one main mosque and park available for the whole community. The society was also found having violated the approved layout plan.

According to official documents, the society administration had in sheer violation of the approved plan converted almost 160 kanals of land out of a total of 189.48 kanals set aside for open spaces or parks, public building areas and graveyard, into residential and commercial plots earning billions of rupees.

A number of attempts were made to contact president of the society, Altaf Butt, but he was not available for his comments in this regard.

When contacted, CDA spokesman said that the authority first issued show-cause notice to a housing society upon violation of approved layout plan, and if the management concerned fails to answer, satisfying the authority, then legal action is taken against that particular society. He said that the CDA had already issued a number of notices to the societies violating the approved layout plan.