ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Muhammad Talal Chaudhary on Tuesday informed the Senate that the election for the management committee of the Jinnah Garden Housing Scheme would be held soon after the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Replying to a question in the House, he said that the schedule was announced to hold the elections of the society on August 31, 2017 but the process was stopped as private parties had challenged it in the Civil Court of Islamabad and the Islamabad High Court vide writ petitions.
After the decision of the cases, he said that the election of the society was re-announced to be held on March 17, 2018 but the same was challenged in the IHC vide writ petition, which was still subjudice. After decision of the petition, the election would be held immediately, he added.
The state minister said that it was a fact that the number of allottees/members of the Jinnah Garden Phase-I & Phase-II, who had cleared their dues, including cost of land as well as development charges during 2014, had not been given possession of their plots by the ex-management of the society.
He said that the land measuring about 1100 kanals earmarked for its project Jinnah Garden Phase-II was shifted near Jinnah Garden Phase-I in front of the Navel Anchorage and was cleared. He said that the initial development work was started but, the managing committee of the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society was dissolved on June 29, 2017, after completion of its three-year tenure.
The administrator was appointed as per law, who was not competent to purchase land or execute development contract, he said. He said that the newly-elected managing committee would complete development work and then hand over possession of plots to the members of the society.
He said that the main cause of delay of possession of the plots to the members was the mismanagement of ex-managing committee and issuance of allotment letters to members without obtaining approval of the layout plan and developing the land. Legal action against the ex-managing committee was under process as per law, he said.