CAD seeks cabinet approval to regulate illegal structures in Bani Gala

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: CAD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry stated in supreme court on Sunday that the government gave permissions not just to Imran but to million other residents as well.

During the hearing, The CAD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry informed the court that they have forwarded a summary to the federal cabinet regarding the regularisation of illegal structures in Bani Gala.

At the last hearing on April 3, Chief Justice Nisar had ordered the government to get the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) regularisation plan approved by the federal cabinet in two weeks.

The chief justice also ordered all those affected by illegal structures around Korang Nullah to send their cases to the federal ombudsperson.

Chief Justice Nisar remarked that the court will not give any chance to those who constructed illegal structures around the stream.

The hearing was then adjourned for two weeks.

At the last hearing on 3 April the court was informed by the additional advocate general (AAG) that the CDA has finalised the regularisation plan of the area.

The AAG had added that the entire settlement will be regularised, adding that structures made prior to March 30, 2018 will be regularised whereas those constructed after the date will be demolished.

The chief justice then remarked that there should be no illegal construction in the future, observing that the purpose of the case is to safeguard the Korang Nullah and botanical garden.

Detailing the highlights of the case at an earlier hearing, Chief Justice Nisar had said one issue pertains to the encroachments in the botanical garden, the other on whether illegal structures should be penalised or regularised and the last and most important pertains to ensuring cleanliness of Rawal Lake.

Last year, the CDA had informed the apex court that more than 100 structures in Bani Gala, including Imran’s residence, are illegal.

The case is based on a suo motu notice which originated from Imran’s petition seeking the court’s intervention to stem illegal construction and environmental degradation in Bani Gala.

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