CDA wrests 26 Parliament Lodges residences from illegal occupants

2018-08-17T02:48:31+05:00 Tahir Niaz

Islamabad - The enforcement directorate of the Capital Development Authority on Thursday resumed operation to vacate family suites and servant quarters from the possession of ex-parliamentarians and vacated 27 more residences at the parliament lodges.

The operation which continued for 7 hours was led by the Director Security CDA.  The vacated residences would be handed over to the new members of the parliament.

The officials broke the locks put on the doors and replaced it with the new ones as the police, district administration and Capital Development Authority high ups remained present on the occasion.

According to the sources, the Capital Development Authority officials did not bother to switch off electrical appliances present in the residences when they sealed the residences after taking their possession days before and the matter was brought to the notice of the high ups on Thursday.   

On August 15, director security Capital Development Authority had sought assistance from Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and SSP (Operations) Islamabad in order to counter any unpleasant situation or probable resistance from the occupants during the operation on August 16 and 17.

The DC was requested to depute a sub-divisional magistrate from ICT administration for providing magisterial cover. The police was asked to make available two reserves of police equipped with anti-riot kits.

In the meantime, a CDA team faced stiff resistance from the owner of an illegal marquee in sector E-11 of the capital when it reached there to demolish the under-construction building. According to the CDA officials, the owner of Imtiaz Marquee and Super Store, Pir Hassaan-ud-Din put up resistance when the team of enforcement directorate of CDA started the anti-encroachment operation. The team has had to take cover when the workers of the marquee started pelting the officials with stones. According to the Capital Development Authority officials who spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity, the operation failed due to lack of manpower and coordination among the state departments.

They said the district administration and the police department did not send required manpower for the operation. They said the Capital Development Authority was expecting the resistance from the other side and that was why they had requested for the assistance from the two departments.

The marquee owners had been continuing the construction despite ban on the construction. The CDA officials said that the construction was illegal and the building cannot be granted NOC.

However, according to sources in the Capital Development Authority, the owner of the marquee has sought two-day time for voluntarily dismantling the structure.

 

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