CDA poised to down shining a star

AFTER failure of its ill-conceived and motivated plan to develop a housing scheme in place of a vast chunk of green land reserved in the Federal Capital for research and development of agriculture, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is reportedly going to seal the Sir Syed Memorial Complex in G-5/2 on the plea of violation of building by-laws. The civic body is taking refuge behind excuse of non-conforming use of the complex saying that it was meant for an auditorium, a library and a reading room but houses a university (CASE) and a research institution CARE.
The complex is manned by Aligarh Old Boys’ Association, which is pursuing its commitment to spread knowledge. It is a non-profit entity charging much less fee than its contemporaries, benefiting students from poor background, who are also offered scholarships. It is ironical that ignoring thousands of violations elsewhere, the eyes of the CDA are focused on one of the best educational institutions of the Capital. Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering (CASE) is affiliated with UET Taxila and Quaid-e-Azam University and its programmes are duly accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council and HEC. It has a strong, competent and well qualified faculty besides necessary labs and research facilities and that is why it attracts thousands of students every year. CASE has produced brilliant engineers, who are contributing in different spheres of life and thousands more are in different stages of completion of their studies. The university is temporarily housed well within the complex where its activities pose no civic problems as against other universities and educational institutions allowed in highly congested Blue Area. CDA should better take action against hundreds of hotels, restaurants, guest houses, shops and workshops that are nuisance for citizens in almost every sector. We hope that elected Mayor of the Capital, who is also Chairman of CDA, would not allow the Authority to kill a fine educational facility and instead resolve the issue amicably.

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