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A sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and Inter-Provincial Coordination on Monday asked the authorities concerned to enhance land allocated for graveyards from two to three percent to meet the requirements of residents of the societies and also asked the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to look into the matter of arranging the land for graveyards in rural areas.
The committee also recommended proposals of the ICT and Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the development of joint/common graveyard by the societies which will windup the option of conversion of graveyards in to commercial/residential areas. The committee also discussed a proposal for joint sewerage treatment plants and grid stations to minimize the land and expenditure of societies. The committee while discussing the Gulberg Farm Houses, Ghori Town, asked the CDA to regularize the scheme as per the bylaws applicable in case of developing the housing/agro farms scheme in Zone IV and V. Briefing the members, Member Planning and DG Planning CDA informed the committee that residential plots of northern strip would be auctioned first and later on commercial plots would be auctioned. A committee, constituted in this regard, was scrutinizing the compensation claimed by multi-professional societies, he added. The committee, while discussing the implementation status of recommendation of previous meeting regarding rectification in the affairs of Cooperative Housing Societies working in E-11, emphasised on CDA authorities to speedup the implementation of recommendation. The meeting held at the Parliament House was presided over by Senator Shahid Hassan Bugti, chairman of the Senate body’s standing committee. The meeting was also attended by Senators Fauzia Fakharuz Zaman, Kalsoom Parveen and Najma Hameed besides Additional Secretary Cabinet Shahidullah Baig, Member and DG Planning CDA, Deputy Commissioner ICT and other related officers from CDA and ICT.