ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) in second round of balloting allotted 330 plots in Sector I-12 and I-11 to rehabilitate and accommodate land affectees of Islamabad.
The balloting was held at Jinnah Convention Centre on Thursday evening in presence of large number of people the majority of which allegedly comprised property dealers instead of genuine affectees. It was second balloting in line with the recently-announced standard operating procedures (SOPs) to rehabilitate and accommodate affectees of Islamabad during last one week.
Some participants who were claiming themselves as genuine affectees objected over balloting and blamed CDA Land Directorate for carrying out balloting to accommodate property dealers and some individual personalities instead of genuine affectees.
The number land affectees told The Express Tribune that CDA Land Directorate allotted plots to affectees of Chak Shahzad and Mauza Humak in I-12 and I-11 Sectors by dodging its new SOPs, which was unjustified and denying the rights of genuine affectees.
They maintained that despite imposition of ban for one year on allotment of plots to land affectees the culture of allotment could not be changed particularly in lucrative sectors.
During balloting of Raja Khawar a land affectee from Sangjani objected over allotment of plots 25x50 and asked CDA officials to stop announcement of their names. He said that they were legally deserving plots size of 30x60. CDA officials however, agreed to objection of affectees by requesting them not to create hurdle in balloting process and advised them not accept these plots and promised to rectify this anomaly.
The CDA allotted total 330 plots of different sizes to the affectees of Islamabad in Sector I-11 and I-12. These plots were allotted through balloting including 60 plots of 25x50 size and 50 plots of 25x60 size, in Sector I-12, 118 plots of 25x50 size and 102 plots of 30x60 size.
The plots were allotted to the affectees whose land was acquired by CDA decades ago. The allotment of plots had been made through manual balloting by the committee constituted under the new SOPs introduced on the directions of Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA, Sheikh Anser Aziz. The committee was supervised by CDA Member Estate, Khushal Khan. On this occasion, Director Land, Deputy Commissioner CDA, Additional Director Estate Affectees were also present.
Manual procedure was adopted for balloting, under which one box was used for names of affectees and the other box was used for plot numbers. On this occasion balloting was done by the affectees and in presence of some members of the media
On this occasion CDA Director Land Irfan Marwat said that the process of allotment of plots to the affectees would continue and balloting would be done every Friday. He said that those affectees, whose claims had not been cleared in this balloting would be included in the next balloting. He added that CDA in next 10 to 14 days will start allotment in Kuri where authority owns 26 thousands kanals area.
He further added that through plots are available in Sector I-12, however, he said that new sector at prime location would be opened for the rest of the affectees to settle their claims to meet their demands.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2017.
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