Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and National Accountability Authority (NAB) are jointly working out a strategy to cope with the growth of illegal housing societies in the city, The Nation has learnt.

A number of options are under consideration of the CDA and NAB so as to check growth of the housing societies which are not in line with the CDA regulations as the latter is probing into how these illegal societies developed over the years.

The NAB is going to identify the officials in the CDA and other departments who did not put efforts to stop growth of these societies and also in other departments as WAPDA, PTCL and Sui Gas, the sources confided to The Nation.

They said that satellite imaging of the city is one of the options under consideration of the authorities concerned at the moment. The move would help the CDA in assessing the veracity and scale of the ‘illegality.’ It would also help the CDA in keeping a close watch on any growth of illegal housing societies in future. The NAB has endorsed the CDA’s proposal of satellite imaging, the sources added. They said the authority would soon be approaching the SUPARCO and Civil Aviation Authority to have satellite images of the city so that any violation of the master plan could be monitored easily. The CDA would ask SUPARCO and Civil Aviation Authority so that they could help arrange satellite images of the city from some company of international repute as Blue Bird and Google. “The decision is part of the ongoing CDA’s campaign against the illegal housing societies and encroachments in the city,” said a senior official at the CDA on condition of anonymity.

The authority has estimated the project at Rs 1.6 million, he added.

It is to mention here that the CDA had also written letters to the utility services-providing agencies including Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to immediately stop entertaining applications for new connections in these illegal housing societies but got a very poor response. Sources in the directorate of housing societies of the CDA told this scribe on Sunday that it has recently written separate letters to the utility services-providing agencies, asking them not to entertain applications for new connections as was recommended by the federal cabinet in the wake of mushroom growth of illegal housing societies some years back. But they said that utility connections are being provided to the residents of these societies by these agencies without approval of the CDA.

The NAB will also identify the role of these agencies’ officials in growth of illegal housing societies , the sources added.

The CDA had pointed out over 100 such housing societies in the city. The action is being taken against the housing schemes which either have not obtained NOC from CDA or they are falsely marketing them as located within the limits of Islamabad. These societies include: Islamabad Cooperative Farming Scheme, Sector D-17; Paradise City, Sector G-17; Green City, Sector D-17, E-17; Supreme Court Employees Housing Scheme, Sector G-17; Gulshan-Rehman Sector C-17,D-17; Pakistan Overseas Housing Scheme, Sector F-16; Jammu & Kashmir Sector F-15; Services Housing Scheme, E-11; Pakistan Town Phase-II G-16, F-16; Federation of Employees Housing Scheme, E-11; Ali Town (Zone 3); Green Hills (Zone 3); Green Meadows North Ridge (Zone 3); Major Makhdom Society (Zone 3); Al Rayan Society (Zone 3); Aracadia City (Zone 3); Gulshan-e-Rabia on Japan Road;  Gulshan-e-Rehman on Japan Road; Morgah City, GT Road; Hamza Town, Kahuta Road; Parliamentarians Enclave on Japan Road; National Cooperative (former Aewan-e-Sadar), Kahuta Road; Media Town, PWD Road; Tele Town, Japan Road; National Police Foundation, PWD Road, Islamabad Highway; Azim Town, Kahuta Road; Pak PWD on Islamabad Highway; Dhanyal Town, Kahuta Road; Pakistan Town, Phase-II, PWD Road, Islamabad Highway; Ghouri Town, Phases in Zone-5 Japan Road, Islamabad Highway; Askaria Town, Japan Road; Judicial Employees Housing Scheme, Kirpa Chirah Road; Bankers City, Dharwala Road; Rasheed Town, Japan Road; Bankers Town, Kahuta Road; River View, Kahuta Road; Fatima Villa, GT Road; Television Media Town; Gulshan-e-Danish, GT Road; Fiza Town, Hoan Dhamyal, Sihala; Aliya Town, Mouza Lohi Bher Dokhli Jawa; Dhanyal Town, Hoan Dhamyal, Sihala; Aiza Garden, Mouza Lohi Bher, Dakhli Jawa; Sadozai Town, Kangota Sayedan; New Model Town Humak/Roshan Enclave, Mouza Niazian; Adil Valley, Simly Dam Road; Mufti Mehmood Enclave, Lehtrar Road; Ali Model Town; Muslim Town, Simly Dam Road; Al-Syed Avenue, Park Road; Muzaffar Abad Town (Pind Bhegewal), Simly Dam Road; Bahria Enclave, Kuri Road; New University Town (near COMSATS) Park Road; Bahria Enclave (extension) Kuri Road; OGDC Town, near Chattar, Murree Road; Burma Town, Lehtrar Road; Park Lane Valley, Park Road; Doctor’s Enclave, Simly Dam Road; PTV Colony, Simly Dam Road; Ghouri Town (all phases in Zone-4), Islamabad Expressway; Royal Avenue, Park Road; Ghouri Gardens, Lehtrar Road; Royal City/Royal Villas (near PINSTECH, Nilore), Lehtrar Road; Green Avenue, Park Road; Samaa Town, Kirpa Road, Lehtrar Road; Green Avenue-II, Kuri Road; Satti Town, Lehtrar Road; Green Valley (1&2), Simly Dam Road; Simly Valley (1&2), Simly Dam Road; Green View Villas, Lehtrar Road; Spring Valley, Simly Dam Road; Gulberg Housing Scheme (Pahse-2), Lehtrar Road; Adil Farms, Simly Dam Road; Hameed Town (Mouza Mohrian), Kuri Road; Badar Farms, Simly Dam Road; Hill View Houses, Simly Dam Road; Government Officers Cooperative Farming Scheme Iqbal Town, Islamabad Expressway; Green Fields, Simly Dam Road; Islamabad Saif Garden, Kirpa Road, Lehtrar Road; Islamabad Farms, Simly Dam Road; Japan Valley, Kirpa Road, Lehtrar Road; J&K Farms, Islamabad Highway; Kiani Town, Kirpa Road, Lehtrar Road; Naval Farms (4, 5 & 8-Kanals), Simly Dam Road; Madina Town, Islamabad Highway; Olive Wood Farms, Simly Dam Road; Marwa Town, Islamabad Highway; Shaheen Farms, Simly Dam Road; Media City-I, Kirpa Road, Lehtrar Road; M/s Tricon Agro Farms, Simly Dam Road; Paradise Point Zone-4, Islamabad; Green View Villa, Zone-4, Islamabad; Ittefaq Town, Old Kirpa Road Lehtrar Road; Royal Homes, Lehtrar Road; Arslan Town, Lehtrar Road, adjacent to Alhamra Hills; Canterbury Enclave near Park Road; Gakkhar Town, Lehtrar Road; Al-Nahal Housing Scheme, Simly Dam Road; Usama Town, Lehtrar Road; Al-Rehman City View, Lehtrar Road, near PINSTECH, Nailore; Zahoor Town, Lehtrar Road; Makkah Town, Harno Thanda Pani, Lehtrar Road; Al-Qamar Town near Margalla Town; Qurtabal Town, Islamabad Highway; City Views near Nailore; Margalla Garden Lehtrar Road; City Town, Lehtrar Road; and Eden Life, Zone-4.

According to the CDA, agro farming and residential housing schemes are permissible in Zone-4 under the provisions of ICT (Zoning) Regulation, 1992 [amended in 2010] and permissions are granted by CDA after completing the codal formalities. Housing schemes namely Muhafiz Gardens, Rawat Enclave, Faisal Town, Grace Land Housing and Air Line Avenue are being marketed as located in Islamabad, whereas neither the subject schemes fall in Islamabad nor any approval/NOC has been obtained from CDA for launching and marketing of the schemes, the CDA said.