Islamabad - The enforcement directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday served notice on the management of Serena Hotel for occupying land illegally, sources in the CDA told this scribe on Wednesday.

The sources said that the hotel management had been asked to remove barriers/barricades from the main road in front of the entry gate of the hotel. The action has been taken in the light of the apprehensions expressed by the Foreign Office over the encroachments. In a letter to district magistrate Islamabad and management of the hotel a few days back, the DG (Headquarters) Foreign Office had sought removal of the barriers from the main road as they were causing immense nuisance for the Foreign Office officials and general public.

Subsequently, the sources added, deputy commissioner Islamabad asked the CDA to take action against the encroachment and remove barriers to ease traffic flow and mitigate sufferings of the road users. The sources said if the hotel management failed to comply with the orders, it would have to face stern action and the encroachments would be removed forcibly.

“We will take action next week in case the hotel management did not comply with the orders of the enforcement directorate,” said an officer at the CDA on condition of anonymity.

The hotel management has installed barriers and set up check posts at the main road in front of the hotel’s entry gate and according to the sources, the officials of the Foreign Office were also subjected to security search by the hotel guards.