ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will plant trees on areas it recovered recently after launching operation against slum dwellers and directed that the land should be fenced in order to deter people from occupying the place again.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal on Sunday directed the directorates of Environment and Enforcement to plant trees on the green belts of H-10 and I-10 and lay barbed wires around the areas.

Usually the slum dwellers would start building their mud houses or erecting tents after CDA's operation against slum dwellers but this time the civic agency is planning to permanently evict the dwellers from the green belts by laying barbed wires around the places.

During the recent operations, the Enforcement Directorate of CDA has retrieved thousands of kanals of government land in Bhara Khau, Bani Gala, its surrounding areas including 1500 kanals of land in green belts of sector H-10 and I-10. 

After getting green signal from ruling political giants, the CDA has so far demolished 200 slum houses rendering over 2000 people homeless amid furor from the poor inhabitants that have threatened a sit-in at D Chowk on May 7.

A statement issued here said that CDA had also taken images of the retrieved land to save it from re-encroachments adding that the authority would not compromise on surrendering its land to encroachers.

On Sunday, staff of Environment Wing was observed planting trees on the recovered land so that the encroachers find no space for building mud houses on the land the CDA has recently reclaimed.

The Chairman CDA further directed the Environment Wing and Enforcement Directorate for joint coordination in order to ensure protection of recovered land.

He also directed the Enforcement Directorate to deploy monitoring teams to keep a vigilant eye on the recovered land and submit a report in this regard on daily basis to discourage encroachments in the capital.