Fawad monitors operation, says second phase to begin after Moharram

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CDA carries out operation to retrieve state land in G-12

Zubair Qureshi

Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Saturday launched a large-scale operation against illegally constructed buildings, structures, marquee, halls and stalls in Sector G-12 and razed them to ground with help of heavy machinery.
The Enforcement Wing of CDA was assisted by police and rangers. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also arrived on the scene of operation and while talking to media persons there made it clear that the government would not tolerate encroachment by land mafia in any part of the federal capital.
Similar operations would be launched not only Islamabad, but also in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta, said the information minister.
The minister said the government has in principle decided to get vacated its land from mafia and action will be taken against those who have been occupying it for decades. To a question, he said the operation was being carried out after meeting all the formalities.
Notices were issued to those who have raised constructions on the government land and after the time limit was expired, it was decided to carry out operation against them.
Fawad Chaudhry said the first phase of operation would be completed before Moharram-ul-Haram while its second phase would be launched after Moharram.
To a question, he said no interference from any side would be accepted with regard to giving any concession or time to the land mafia occupying the government land.
To a question, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon visit Karachi and announce a complete package for social, infrastructure uplift there.
The government is also going to announce ‘Clean Karachi’ campaign very soon, he said.
It may be mentioned here that earlier this year, CDA also carried out a similar operation along Kashmir Highway and demolished four illegally-built rooms, a hall, and a restaurant besides other encroachments to retrieve around 5 kanals of the state land. The encroachers were earlier issued notices to clear the Right of Way voluntarily.
The Authority has 300-feet wide acquired land on both sides of the Kashmir highway. Although service road can be used to reach the Kashmir Highway, the owners of the marquees and showroom have carved direct access to the highway in a clear violation of the rules.

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