Land-mafia free to loot citizens

Kumail Hayder

Multan—The mushrooming of unregistered and illegal private housing schemes has become a big problem for those who want to own a house. Land Mafia is looting the innocent and poor citizens freely in the name of illegal and fake housing schemes.
The Multan Development Authority (MDA) has failed to take actions against dozens of illegal housing schemes established in city and adjoining area. One of the victims Qadeer Khan, a resident of Icon Cottages, Bosan road, Multan told Pakistan Observer, “Illegal housing schemes owners are very strong and higher authorities of MDA are supporting them”.
He added that after buying a house, he never saw the owner of colony again here while residents of said colony were facing harsh basic facilities like sewerage, water supply, roads, and electricity, etc. He requested to government that NAB be ordered to pay special attention to this issue and take necessary action against the land mafia and black sheep of MDA who is supporting the mafia.
A source in the MDA told 90 percent housing schemes in Multan were not able to meet the legal requirements set by the Punjab private housing schemes and land sub-division rules 2010 for approval as housing schemes.

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