Govt decides to revise master plan of Islamabad

The federal government Tuesday 

decided to revise master

plan of Islamabad and set up a commission for the purpose to cope with changing

requirements and make it relevant to the present needs.

         It was stated by Minister of State for Interior Sheheryar 

Afridi while addressing a press conference along with Special 

Assistant to Prime Minister on Capital Development Authority (CDA) 

affairs Ali Nawaz Awan

after a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on development 

activities and law and

order in the capital.

         The Minister said that commission would be headed by an

expert and all stakeholders would be included in it.

         "Everything will be processed in a systematic manner and 

results would start coming before the resident of metropolitan city 

within three to six months," he said.

         The State Minister said that previous government allowed land

grabbers in past to occupy lands but the incumbent government had got

significant success in vacating such lands."

         "A total of 33,000 kanal land was vacated from two villages 

(mozas) near to Bahria Enclave while 12,000 kanal had been vacated 

from Bahria Enclave," he maintained.

         To a question, the Minister said that list of those 

facilitating land grabbers was being prepared who belonged to CDA, 

District administration and police.

         Strict action would be ensured against them and their cases 

would be forwarded

to the courts after complete homework which had the authority to 

penalize them, he

added.

         To another question, the Minister said that it was the first time

in history that CDA department served notice to sitting Prime Minister

regarding regularization of residence who believed in good governance and

strict action against land grabbers.

         Afridi said that present government had given results

within short period which the previous governments could not do in decades.

         " I assure strict action against land grabbers whether from 

PTI or any other political

party and no discrimination would be made in this regard," he added.

         He said that credit of operation against encroachers went to

the PTI which started it in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the first time 

and it was

now underway in Punjab and Capital without any discrimination.

         Responding to a question about missing persons, the Minister

said that a policy would be made public within 100 days related to the issue of

governance and other matters.

         Reply of such questions would be clear through

this policy, he concluded.

         Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Capital Development 

Authority  said that Islamabad was face of Pakistan and its master 

plan was designed for 600,000 people.

         "There are several challenges to convert Islamabad into a 

model city but this goal will be achieved as per vision of Prime 

Minister, Imran Khan."

         The Advisor said that properties of people were acquired by

CDA though land acquisition act but compensation had not been paid to them for

decades.

         "The city has witnessed mushroom and ill-planned growth of housing

societies in past years and reforms will have to be introduced for 

all such structures," he added.

         To a question, Ali Nawaz Awan said that PTI would not 

dislocate any of the person till it completed the process of 

rehabilitation for the people.

         He said that rehabilitation plan would be introduced for the 

slum dwellers.