The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has set a 15-day deadline for removal of encroachments, eradication of construction material, maintenance of cleanliness and elimination of illegal construction in the residential and commercial areas of the Federal Capital.
Recently, a treasury member tabled a bill in the National Assembly seeking the punishment of encroachers.
The bill also recommends that CDA officials be charged for collaborating with violators and keeping a lenient approach toward the issue.
On Monday, CDA Chairperson Imtiaz Inayat Elahi directed the relevant department to take concrete steps to ensure the removal of encroachment within a 15-day timeframe. He warned that failure to do so would be met by strict disciplinary action against the responsible people and officials of the authority.
Elahi said that he was told that a bill in this regard had been tabled in the lower house of the parliament. “I ensure everyone that the spirit of the bill would be followed,”
He said increasing encroachment, illegal construction and dumping of building material is damaging the beauty of the capital city and must be removed at the earliest. He gave a 15-day notice to the concerned officers to take concrete measures to keep the city in a tidy condition or face disciplinary action. He asked the officials of the authority to accomplish their assigned tasks to the best of their potentials not just for keeping the city clean but also for earning a good name for the organisation.
A press statement issued here holds that the CDA chief expressed his concern and displeasure over the mushroom growth of encroachments in the city.
He cautioned CDA officials to “mend their ways” and improve the efficiency of their respective directorates, failing which disciplinary actions would be initiated against them.
He also emphasised the need to maintain proper cleanliness in market places at so that shoppers could go about their business without hassle. In addition, he called upon traders and market associations to fully cooperate with the civic body in helping to protect the natural environment and beauty of the capital city.
He added that the CDA has recently launched a comprehensive anti-littering drive and has initiated the process of imposing fines on litterers from May 2 onward.
This practice has begun from Jinnah Super Market (Markaz F-7) and would be replicated to all the markets of the city in a phased manner. He urged residents to show responsibility in keeping their houses, streets, and city clean and avoid throwing litter in open areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2011.
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