islamabad - The committee formed by the government to find a way out to relocate educational institutions functioning in residential areas has been rejected by the private schools because no representative of the schools is the part of the committee.

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Thursday last held a meeting with the private schools to discuss the issue. The formation of a committee to suggest an amicable solution to the issue of private schools was also announced. But yesterday the private schools said the committee was announced by CADD without taking them into confidence and it has no representation of private schools.

In a meeting the schools rejected the committee and decided to protest the decision saying they cannot expect any good from a committee consisting of bureaucrats only. Under the rules of the CDA, commercial activities in the city’s residential units, including the functioning of schools and colleges, is prohibited. According to the civic agency, around 350 schools are functioning in residential areas with about 100,000 enrolled students. The CDA had begun a crackdown on nonconforming use of residential buildings in Islamabad in line with the Supreme Court’s orders. But Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan last month asked the civic agency not to force the schools to vacate residential areas without providing them an alternative arrangement.

At a meeting on March 11 last, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed the Minister of CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry to form a committee which will draft recommendations for the allotment of plots to private schools and shifting them from residential to commercial areas. But the committee formed by CADD having no representation of private schools has, once again, stirred unrest among the school owners.