ISLAMABAD – An illegally constructed religious seminary (madarassa) in a graveyard adjacent to G-11/3 could not be demolished due to negligence and slackness of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Talking to INP, residents of the area including Amjad Ayub Khan, Muhammad Afzal Khan, Haq Nawaz Khan and others said that they donated 35 kanal of land for graveyard but a religious seminary was established in a room in land. They complained to Kamran Lashari, then CDA chairman, who issued orders against the seminary construction. Later, Qari Habibullah of the seminary, submitted a written statement to CDA Magistrate, saying he had built the seminary without taking permission from the residents and would demolish the room if he could not get permission from the residents, they added.

The residents said that now the number of the rooms of the seminary had increased to seven, excluding the bathrooms. The head of the seminary has also taken water, electricity and gas facilities, they informed, adding the deputy director Enforcement and the director Urban Planning had also said in their reports that the seminary was illegal. SSP Islamabad, in a letter to CDA, said that the police was ready to assist the civic authority officials to demolish the seminary but the Enforcement Department was reluctant to carry on the operation.

The residents appealed to the CDA chairman to issue strict directives to the Enforcement Department to demolish the illegally constructed seminary.

APP adsd: Residents of the Capital are facing inconvenience and problems due to encroachment in all major markets and urged the authorities to take effective measures for its removal. Residents are facing problems in the areas like Aabpara and Melody markets, Super market, Jinnah super, Peshawar mor, Karachi Company, F8, F10, F11 and G11 markaz in capital due to rising encroachments and poor sewerage system.

Vendors are creating inconvenience to the shoppers through setting up stalls in front of shops and on footpaths. Nasir Rehman, a shopper told APP that shopkeepers charge money from encroachers for occupying space in front of their shop.

Waqar Arshad another shopper complained that car parking is also a major problem being faced by shoppers when they have to wait and roam around for a long time to get space for parking. Encroachers have occupied the footpath and road outside the markets by setting up illegal stalls of electronics, fruit chant, and spurious beverages which are causing inconvenience to them while the shopping, he added.

The encroachments problem is becoming more swear day by day due to lack of strict action by CDA. A number of visitors criticized the concerned authorities for not taking any action against the shopkeepers, who have encroached upon the corridors and footpaths.

An official of Capital Development Authority (CDA) told APP that the authority has been taking strict measures to remove encroachments from the markets and has cleared many areas.