The capital’s civic agency, assisted by officials of the Islamabad Police, continued its drive against violators of land use norms and demolished encroachments from 10 residential cum commercial units on Monday.
On Friday, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had taken similar action targeting eight residential units running commercial ventures in Sector F-7.
The houses targeted on Monday include Zefra Restaurant, Kitchen Cuisine, Enam Stone, Dr Rehman Clinic, Manaf Dental Clinic, Dr Upal Clinic, Qaim Kolaj Boutique and other beauty salons in F-7 Markaz.
The CDA team also removed illegal structures erected by managers of two hotels in F-7 Markaz. Similarly, 12 illegally constructed small structures in the F-7 flowers market were also demolished.
The removing of signboards and dismantling of illegal structures is the next phase of the operation in case violators do not remove the encroachments themselves after the serving of final notices. In the third and last phase, such properties will be sealed temporarily.
CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal has directed the concerned formations of the authority to submit a weekly report about the operations until its end and carry out the drive without any discrimination or influence.
Recently, the chairman also directed the building control section of the authority to compile a new report after carrying out fresh survey regarding the number of residential units being run for commercial purposes in the capital.
Afzal also directed the concerned formations to ensure the availability of machinery and manpower for the operation so that building by-laws of CDA could be enforced properly.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.