ISLAMABAD   -  Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) during anti encroachment operations in the city have retrieved 15000-kanal land from illegal occupants almost worth Rs 100 billion.

The operations were conducted by the authorities against those who had illegally grabbed the state land since many years. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat informed that ICT and CDA jointly started the anti encroachment drive in the capital city and it will continue without any fear and pressure. He said the areas where massive operations were conducted include Bari Imam, Korang Nullah, Kashmir highway, Islamabad Expressway and Tarnol. During the operation in Tarnol, which continued for four days, more than 1,000 kanals of encroached state land was retrieved from illegal occupants.

During the anti-encroachment operation in Doori Bagh and Dhoke Taile in the vicinity of Bari Imam many illegal constructions were demolished and kanals of state land was recovered from illegal occupants.

The staff of Environment Wing and MPO Directorate also participated in the operation while the magisterial cover was provided by Islamabad District Administration, he added. Director Enforcement said that CDA issue notices to the violators before starting operation but now civic body is publishing advertisements in newspapers in this regard.

He said CDA had also issued a notice to Bahria Enclave for handing over 510 kanal of state land and most recently the Bahria Enclave through its letter told the authority that Bahria Enclave has vacated 400 kanal land and another 100 kanal land would also be vacated soon. He said CDA had conducted these operations jointly with ICT and Islamabad Police and no untoward incident occurred during these operations.