CDA fails to develop three sectors in three decades


ISLAMABAD: Out of total Rs 67 billion bagged by depositors of the sectors all over the capital, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) spent Rs 4.3 billion in the development activities leaving unspent balance of Rs 63 billion.

The D-12 and E-12 sectors were launched in 1982 whereas Sector I-16 was launched in 1992 but all three sectors have not been developed despite lapse of 30 years, according to documents. Due to negligence, lack of interest and weak internal controls, the money by depositors was blocked and no value of money was achieved by the depositors.

The Capital Development Authority established under the CDA Ordinance promulgated on June 27, 1960, is governed through an executive board constituted by the federal government under Section 6 of the CDA Ordinance 1960. The main objective and services entrusted to CDA include the development of new sectors.

Despite a repeated warning by the departmental audit committees since December 2017, the management did not even bother to give a reply. After G-14, a sector developed back in 2005-6 during the chairmanship of Kamran Lashari, CDA has since then failed to develop another sector.

The list of the stalled sectors runs in dozens. Sector E-12 and G-12 have remained in news due to issues related to the victims who demand compensation on build-up property and allottees who ask for possession since they’ve been given allotment years back. Furthermore, sectors like D-13, E-13, F-13, E-13, C-14, I-17 and D-14 have remained on standstill with no hope of redemption in near future.

In order to plug the gap in revenue and in search for ‘alternate’ solutions to produce revenue, CDA sets its eyes on commercial plots around the capital. Hundreds of the allottees of the E-12 who have been denied possession for the past 30 years staged a protest at the D-Chowk here on Tuesday in order to highlight their plight.

Allotted back in 1989 to both in service and retired government servants, a total of 4,430 plots remain in limbo. As many as 1300 original allottees have died during the past three decades awaiting possession.

Talking to Pakistan Today, Rana Owais, an allottee, said that despite orders of the Supreme Court, the allottees have been denied possession. About 1300 original allottees have died since 1988. “Their legal heirs are made to run from pillar to post in vain. It is about time that CDA wakes up from its slumber and resolve the issue,” he said.