ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Tuesday sealed four agro-farms located at Orchard Scheme, Benazir Bhutto Road, as part of drive where the authority has decided to seal a total of 14 agricultural farms falling under the category of nonconforming use.

Agro farm no. 42 (owned by Aftab Abbasi), agro farm no. 43 (owned by Ghulam Murtaza Satti, Ex-MNA of PPP), agro farm no. 44 (owned by Raja Hanif and currently under the use of PTI’s Sadaqat Abbasi) and agro farm no. 44-A (owned by Sheikh Nadeem) have been sealed on Tuesday.

While, CDA has planned to seal 10 agro farms on Wednesday including agro farm numbers C-6, 57, 47, 30, 08, 25, 31, C-4, 04, and 20.

The decision of action against agro farms fall under the preview of non-conforming use was taken during a recent CDA Board meeting. “The Board directed Member (Planning & Design) to start campaign against illegal construction and non-conforming use of agro-farms after Eidul Azha and before the next Court hearing in this regard. The Board also instructed to strategize the whole operation, issue notices to violators with publication of notices in the Press also,” CDA Board has decided in its meeting held on October 23, 2012.

The operation was supervised by Member Planning and Design, Syed Mustafain Kazmi. CDA had already issued notices to the allottees of the poultry and vegetable farms, which had enhanced the covered areas beyond the allowable limits. In addition to this, some agro farms were under non-confirming use and were holding different activities in violation of the CDA bylaws.

Such functions including marriage ceremonies, musical nights are not only the violations of CDA rules but were also creating problems and nuisance for the neighbours. Supreme Court of Pakistan had also taken a notice of these violations and directed the CDA to act against the violators. 

The Authority had issued notice to these violators and warned them through newspapers to comply with the CDA rules.

The CDA has directed these allottees to ensure that the use of the plots should be strictly inline with the terms of allotment letter.

They were asked to bring back the covered area within approved limits by demolishing the access area and to ensure the supply of vegetables and poultry to the local markets as per regulations of the Authority.