Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to launch a crackdown on the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Housing Society over deviation from approved layout plan, The Nation has learnt reliably.

The housing scheme is located in sector G-15 and F-15 of the capital along the main Peshawar Road. The enforcement directorate of the CDA has also asked deputy commissioner Islamabad and police high-ups for magisterial cover and police assistance for the operation.

According to a letter seen by The Nation, the enforcement director of the CDA is taking action to comply with the directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The Housing Societies Wing and Planning Wing of the CDA, besides Circle Registrar Cooperative Housing Societies ICT, are also in the loop as the authorities decided to take action against the private housing society.

The IHC, in a civil case in 2013, had directed the CDA authorities to take stern action for removal of all those constructions raised beyond the layout plan, by adopting coercive measures. The letter written to the police and ICT administration has suggested a search operation prior to commencement of the operation, besides seeking police and magisterial cover during the operation. The CDA high-ups believed that the target is highly populated commercial and residential area and falls on the main GT Road. “It is relevant to mention here that resistance and retaliation in the said area is much likely as many high-rise buildings will be demolished on site due to the violation of approved layout plan,” the letter said. The CDA further feared that proposed operation shall have great public gathering, mob, road’s blockage, probable strikes on GT Road and nuisance. The letter suggested the ICT administration and police to strategically plan the things before landing into the site of operation, most likely in the first week of January 2016.

The enforcement directorate of CDA has sought six reserves of police equipped with anti-riot kits, one lady contingent reserve and 3 companies of Rangers or Elite Force to control law and order in case the authorities face any resistance during the operation.

Meanwhile, in continuation of campaign against nonconforming use of houses, the CDA sealed four more houses yesterday. Deputy Director CDA Shafi Marwat and Magistrate CDA Imran Zia along with staff of building control section and enforcement directorate resumed crackdown on violators and sealed the outlets including: house 2-A, street 16, F-6/3 being used for commercial purposes (Rock Ville Restaurant); house number 16, street 47, F-7/1 (Japanese Restaurant); house number 4, street 29, F-7/1 (Sobia Nazir Beauty Parlour); and house number 1-B, street 33, F-7/1 (beauty parlour).

According to the CDA, the operation will continue today (Thursday). It said so far 68 outlets have been sealed while more than 140 violators have ended commercial activities voluntarily.