Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has found that National Police Foundation (NPF) is involved in China cutting as it has converted eight residential plots into commercial ones and taken the number of residential plots from 1,195 to 1,232 at the cost of parks, playgrounds, open space and even graveyard, The Nation has learnt on good authority.

According to details, National Police Foundation has converted two residential plots into commercial ones to construct ground plus 7-storey ‘Fortune Residency,’ converted six more residential plots into commercial ones to construct ground plus 3 to ground plus 4-storey commercial plazas. Fortune Residency is being constructed on two residential plots bearing number 410 and 410-A in street number 26 of NPF in sector E-11/4 of the capital. Six plots bearing number 690, 692, 693, 694, 695 and 696 in street number 43 have been converted into commercial ones to construct plazas of G+3 to G+4-storey.

As per the approved layout plan, total residential plots in the scheme are 1,195 whereas in accordance to ground position, these are 1,232. Public buildings area and areas reserved for parks, playgrounds, open spaces and graveyard is far less than the area shown in the approved layout plan of the scheme. Ownership of the land earmarked for the graveyard in street number 45 of the housing scheme is even doubtful as it is the property of one Khan Sardar Khan (late).

These are the observations of the CDA officials who visited the site after M/s ‘Mak Dhedhi Ventures’ applied on January 6, 2016 to issue NOC for construction of Fortune Residency, a multi-storey commercial project.

According to a letter written by the director housing societies CDA to the managing director M/s NPF, a copy of which is exclusively available with this correspondent, this change in the approved layout plan is sheer violation of rules/regulations as well as terms and conditions of layout plan approval on August 31, 2004 and NOC dated June 20, 2005.

The letter further said that none of the parks have been developed in the scheme and a park site located on main double road near house number 679-A and 679-B has been utilised partially for construction of property offices cum houses. It said commercial cum apartments (G+7-storey) Fortune Residency–II is being constructed in violation of the rules, without any approval of CDA and the same is also being advertised/ marketed.

The CDA directed M/s NPF to stop the construction of the Fortune Residency immediately and comply with the directions to ensure the development of scheme as per approved layout plan and remove all the violations. It also directed the foundation to demarcate the land on ground as transferred to CDA under parks, playgrounds, open spaces and public buildings within 15 days of the notice and also asked to justify the violations/changes and discrepancies in the approved layout plan of the scheme without approval of the authority.

The letter further said none of the parks have been developed in the scheme and a park site located on main double road near house number 679-A and 679-B has been utilised partially for construction of property office cum houses. It said no proper mosque has yet been provided in the scheme and school for girls located in street number 7 has not yet been constructed at site, adding plots for flats, commercial area, club and petrol pump on main double road are still lying vacant.

The CDA has asked the foundation to deposit fine/penalty amounting to Rs 2,915,000 on account of change in approved layout plan as per CDA board decision dated January 17, 2012 and ensure planning standard as per ICT (Zoning) Regulation, 1992 and modalities and procedures framed there under, the letter suggested.

Former MNA from Islamabad, Anjum Aqeel’s company, Land Linkers had procured land for developing the housing scheme for police personnel. However, senior NPF officials allegedly extended undue favours to Aqeel and got plots allotted in their own names. In 2013, declaring the allotments illegal, the Supreme Court cancelled the allotment of all the plots and ruled that they could be transferred back to the allottees if they pay the complete market price(s) for those properties. The SC called the agreement between Aqeel and the NPF board of directors one of the worst examples of corruption and ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter.