PAC requests CDA to apply ‘Banigala model’ to standardize illegal societies

At the conference, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed proposed that the CDA also apply the model of Banigala for the illegal society.

Ghauri Town Islamabad | BlogThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advocated the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to apply the Banigala regularisation model to legalize illegal housing societies in Islamabad.

The PAC conference, convened under Rana Tanveer Hussain’s chairmanship, was notified by the audit authorities that the illegal development of Ghauri Town on 6,000 canals had caused the national exchequer a loss of ₨. 30 billion.

On the other hand, the CDA Chairman, Amer Ali Ahmed, said action had been taken against private society.

However, as it was not a high-end structure and there were members of the lower middle class, the civic agency had been considerate.

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At the conference, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed proposed that the CDA also apply the model of Banigala for the illegal society.

Subject to such guidelines, the Supreme Court ordered the regularisation of Banigala’s illegal construction, following which the CDA conditionally approved Prime Minister Imran Khan’s residence.

On a lighter note, Mr. Syed said that the regularisation of illegal housing societies under the Banigala model would be achieved overnight.

In the meantime, the CDA chairman said that the proposal for criminal communities would be enforced in three to six months’ time.

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The PAC also asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe a private housing corporation operated by Punjab Senior Minister Aleem Khan’s ‘unjustified restoration of the layout program.’

As per the audit report, Park View City had caused a loss of ₨. 2.1 billion to the national exchequer.

The audit noted that on the 14th of February, 2013, the CDA Regional Planning Directorate granted a certificate of no opposition to Park View City.

The certificate was canceled on the 7th of November, 2014, due to the non-transfer of land planned for amenities on behalf of the Civic Body.

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Without ensuring completion of the criteria, the canceled NOC was reinstated by the CDA’s planning arm in 2018.

The Cabinet Secretary, Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, informed the committee that the NOC had been canceled to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order.

However, the committee chairman pointed out that this was a gross breach and, prima facie, a fit case to be investigated by NAB.

He then forwarded the matter to the oversight office for review, with the PAC representatives’ approval.

The PTI lawmaker Munaza Hassan wanted a discussion on the path that connected the housing society with Kuri Road.

To this, the PAC Chairman said that it was up to the bureau to take up the matter because he had already referred to the NAB issue.

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Although PAC members believed that Safa Gold Mall, a multi-story shopping center in the F-7 area of Islamabad, would be converted to a hospital, Rana Tanveer Hussain argued that under the ‘One Constitution’ building, this could be regularised.

The CDA Chairman said the plot initially belonged to the Directorate of Health of the Civic Body.

However, he said it was moved to F-11, and then, in compliance with the statute, the plot was auctioned to the mall owners.

The owner then constructed three more stories on the plot, adding that four CDA officials were taken into custody and were now facing NAB reference for their reported connivance in the construction of the three other levels of Safa Gold Mall.

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