Protest threats: Sector I-15 yet to see development work begin

Published: October 14, 2013
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The sector was targeted to serve housing needs of Islamabad’s poor families, particularly those whose annual income falls under Rs150,000 per annum, and government employees working in pay scales under BS-16. PHOTO: FILE

The sector was targeted to serve housing needs of Islamabad’s poor families, particularly those whose annual income falls under Rs150,000 per annum, and government employees working in pay scales under BS-16. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is set to come under fire, again, as those allotted plots in Sector I-15 threatened to launch a protest against the agency’s failure to develop the sector.

The plot owners have warned the CDA that a series of protest rallies are going to be staged in front of parliament after Eidul Azha if development work is not immediately started in the area.

“Our hard-earned money is on the line here. Even after a long wait of eight years, there is still no hope that development work would be initiated,” said Zahid Ali, who owns a plot in I-15.

The sector was targeted to serve housing needs of Islamabad’s poor families, particularly those whose annual income falls under Rs150,000 per annum, and government employees working in pay scales under BS-16.

“I dreamt of having a house of my own in Islamabad for years. Now it seems unlikely to materialise in my lifetime. Even then, I do want a future shelter for my children,” said a wishful Nafeesa Bibi, who has invested in a plot.

According to the layout plan, I-15 covers 745 acres. It was acquired in 1968-69 by the CDA, which at the time had planned to develop a total of 5,560 plots and 8,000 economy flats of three sizes for people in low-income brackets.

Estimated to cost Rs1.164 billion, the sector’s infrastructural development work was awarded to a local contractor on a turn-key basis in 2006. After the contractor failed to execute the project, the agreement was terminated in April 2007.

Later, the CDA held bidding with international firms after seeking approval from the federal government through the cabinet division.

In September 2009, five firms were shortlisted for the project, four of which withdrew their nominations, leaving China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation as the only developer submitting a bid. The US$785.5 million bid was turned down as the authority felt the figure was too high.

Subsequently, two Chinese firms, China Railway First Group (CRFG) and China Machinery Engineering Corporation offered to arrange a loan through the China Development Bank to cover around 80 per cent of the cost.

An MoU was signed between the CDA and the consortium during a visit to China by then-president Asif Zardari. But the cabinet division objected to the arrangements, which were finalised on June 6, 2012 in China, as they were not in line with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules.

Consequently the new agreement was termed null and void and the CDA was directed to reinitiate it according to PPRA rules. Since then, the project has been shelved.

A total of 8,000 people were allotted flats or plots in the sector, of which the CDA has refunded 3,350. It was also decided that the land dedicated for economy flats will be converted to similar sized plots, accommodating the remaining 4,650 people who did not take their money back.

The decision was taken in view of the unending financial crunch the authority is in.

CDA Public Relations Director Asim Khichi said issues around the stalled sector have been prioritised by the incumbent management. “The chairman has asked the concerned departments to provide presentations with workable suggestions to resolve the issue,” the director said.

According to Khichi, the chairman will announce the initiation of development work in the sector after reviewing the presentations.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • NAILA SARWAT TARIQ
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:21PM

    It is to inform you that the undersigned is allot tee of flat in Sector I-15 of CDA and have paid all the 12 instalments as per terms and conditions of allotment vide offer for allotment letter Islamabad dated 2012-2005 in responce to my Application for the allotment of residential flat in Sector I-15 and was offered a Flat with Covered Area 1300 Sq.ft at Rs.1400000/-

    The CDA vide Allotment Letter dated 15-06-2006,confirmed the allotment of flat with area and cost, with terms and conditions mentioned in the offer letter as referred above .The undersigned cleared all the 12 instalment as per schedule of CDA,but sorry to say that till date no progress has been made towards construction and possession of the residential flat. During this time of seven years from time to time the CDA committed to handover the constructed flats but sorry to say nothing was done practically at site.
    Now it has been learnt that CDA intends to offer the allot tees of flats a residential plot of 1000 sq.ft with size of 25×40 feet. In the same sector.Your attention is drawn to the fact that ,when CDA invited applications for plots and flats it was clear under the terms and conditions that for plot the rate was Rs.1500/per square yard thus for plot of 200 square yard (30×60 feet)size the total price was Rs.300,000/ with only Rs.75000/-as advance,where for flats the advance amount was Rs.350000/- with total value of Rs.14,00,000/-.
    ,This will be highly unjustified on part of CDA to take such decision and may lead to litigations when comparing the sizes and values at that time until and unless the values are translated in to land size of that time.

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  • Hina Altaf
    Nov 4, 2013 - 3:35PM

    Dear Sister

    I totally agree with u and we will only accept plot if justifies and commensurate with the actual value at that time.

    Anyway in the first place we should insist on delivery of flats as originally contracted among CDA and allottees.

    CDA cant take any decision unilaterally without the consent of the second party.

    BR

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  • Syed
    Nov 4, 2013 - 5:20PM

    First of we should be given and flat of the agreed area otherwise if not a flat then 1kinal of developed land in any develpoed sector of Islamabad.

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  • Taufiq
    Nov 16, 2013 - 3:54PM

    I think they have cheated us, its unfair.

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  • muhamma farooq
    Nov 18, 2013 - 9:44PM

    i request to pm sab plz give us our plot in i15 plz take actionRecommend

  • Anwar Naseem
    Nov 24, 2013 - 11:59PM

    I fully endorse the views and sentiments posted my fellow sufferers, unilaterally modifying the terms of original deed by the CDA are not only frustrating, these are even causing depression to many families. I would suggest that we jointly take some stern action. In spite of several verbal and written requests CDA seems not to move an inch forward. Many such sectors have been announced and developed during this period but nobody heeded to our plight. All such funds deposited by the I15 members have been used in the development of other schemes and now they have been using various tactics.Recommend

  • Falak Naz Kamran
    Nov 26, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Please tell us the latest development under way for Sector I-15 Flats. I am a allotee of a flat measuring 1300 sqft for which I had deposited Rs.1050000/- out of Rs.1400000/- (Total price). This project was started in 2005 and notified to be completed in 2008 after 36 months. It is now Nov., 2013 and non of the flat is constructed and nothing is done to develop this sector by CDA. Rather after being passing of 08 years till date it is heard that CDA is offering the refund to allotees if interested. The question is after 08 years of my investment of money with reputed CDA, the refund will be given back the same or less deposited amount. If I would have deposited this amount in fixed deposit or have purchased the gold it would have almost more than double now. This is on part of CDA considered to be a huge mal-functioning or corruption that it holds a massive amount of innocent investors who trusted the name of CDA and instead of getting in time possesion of flats offered depreciated claims which is also not guarnteed. I therefore appealed to the authority that clarify the real situation and compensate the loss being faced by each allotees with clear policy in this reggard. Other wise we reserve the right to sue CDA in supereme court to have justice . Awaiting for a postive reply and clarifications. Best Regards, FalakNaz Kamran Allotee of Flat in I-15 Sector Capital Development AuthorityRecommend

  • SULTAN MEHMOOD
    Dec 11, 2013 - 8:19AM

    agree with all of you above, they should give us the land in any highly developed sector or the completed flat.

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