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Pakistan, July 12 -- CDA to take action against officers involved in licencing out plot

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to take disciplinary action against the officers who had been involved along with former CDA chairman Kamran Lashari in allotment of plot to McDonald in F-9 Park.

According to CDA bylaws, allotment of commercial plots in parks is prohibited, but CDA violating these laws allotted over 500 plots for fast foods, dhabas and kiosks in the parks and green belts located in different areas of the city. CDA allotted a plot for "Mini Golf Club" in Fatima Jinnah (F-9) Park in 2006.

A club HotShots was also set up there in early 90s. After that CDA gave permission to McDonald to build a branch in the park and licenced out a plot to it.

The Supreme Court has directed legal action against the former CDA chairman who is presently working as secretary petroleum for giving permission of fast food chain's branch establishment in F-9 Park against the CDA bylaws.

According to sources, the SC decision could be used to stop commercial activities at Rawal Lake Park and other areas of the city as well because these areas have been allocated for the parks, but presently there are more commercial units including branches of Fast Food chains, dhabas and restaurants, as compared to entertainment facilities for the people.

F-9 Park, which is spread over 3.6 million square yards was built for the purpose of exercise, walk, picnic and a variety of playgrounds equipped with swings, slides and other facilities for the children, but CDA administration focused there attention towards commercial use of the park's land.

The western area of the park, which is facing sector F 10 was totally converted into a commercial area.

Sources said land in front of park (Facing Jinnah Avenue) had already been allocated for the Blue Area. So plots could be sold or auctioned there but CDA authorities preferred to lease out the land of the park, as it was allegedly in their own interest as company, who had to buy a plot worth Rs 1 billion would not have given them any commission.

An officer of CDA told Daily Times that according to direction of Secretary Cabinet Division, it has been decided to take disciplinary action against the officers of Environment Wing, Land Directorate and Building Control Section (BCS) as they had been involved in allocation of land and permission for allotment of land. Officers of BCS had approved the structure of the building. So they will also be punished as well.

He said CDA former chairman Kamran Lashari has filed an appeal with the SC for review of the decision so CDA will not call him for any inquiry.

According to the sources, a top level officer of CDA is behind all what is happening, that is why in Supreme Court the present management of the civic body refused to accept any responsibility about the agreement with McDonald and requested to penalise former Capital Development Authority chairman Kamran Lashari.

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 12, 2010
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