Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) teams yesterday sealed the head offices of two illegal housing societies .

The enforcement teams sealed the offices of Abdullah Garden and Ghauri Garden on the advice and identification of the town planner. Over 100 illegal housing societies are reported to be operating in the limits of the federal capital. They either have no NOC from the CDA or lack other legal requirements to be declared legal. Sources in the CDA said that Zong Head office at Kurri Road has been issued 24-hour notice to either pay dues to the DMA for parking sheds or be ready for demolishing.

“The action has been planned against other illegal housing societies in the city and continue in line with the direction of the Islamabad High Court”, a CDA official said when asked to comment on the crackdown.

Soon after the CDA action, the residents of Ghauri Town took to the streets and protested against the move. They blocked the Islamabad Expressway; however, the police and Rangers reached the spot to disperse them.

On the other hand, sectors of G-series would be focused in the first phase of Islamabad up-gradation and rehabilitation plan, CDA officials said yesterday. Rehabilitation work in sector G-11 will start today (Wednesday) and the sectors where the work has already been initiated would be completed within stipulated time, they said. Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Maroof Afzal was apprised during a meeting that in the first phase of Islamabad rehabilitation plan, development work in sector G-6, G-7 and F-6 is underway. He was told that all major roads and avenues are being re-carpeted, signboards are being installed, maintenance / repair of footpaths and fixation of curb stones is being done as provision and up-gradation of all civic amenities and aesthetic beautification of the city is being carried out.

Furthermore, the CDA has achieved 97% of the set target to administer polio drops on the first day of three days ongoing polio campaign while left over would be met in next two days.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal was informed this during a meeting held at CDA headquarters to review the daily progress of ongoing polio campaign.

Meanwhile, the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has prepared the software for the CDA, which would be used for balloting of plots, to ensure transparency in the process. The software was demonstrated here at CDA headquarters yesterday.

On this occasion, Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal, Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ali Ahmed and officers of information technology directorate of CDA and NADRA were also present. During the demonstration of the software, the technical capabilities and working of the software were examined. The software would be used in future for balloting of plots to ensure utmost transparency in the process.