Islamabad - The Building Control Section (BCS) of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has declined action against any violation of building bye-laws at private housing societies and unacquired land falling within the ICT limits, saying the issue does not pertain to the directorate, The Nation has learnt reliably.

A letter issued by the director Building Control Section of the CDA to the CDA’s other formations said the directorate is only responsible for implementation of building bye-laws on the plots allotted by the Estate Management Directorate, CDA. The move is also a reflection of the continuing controversy amongst different CDA directorates when it comes to action against illegal possession of state land and encroachments in the federal capital. The state of confusion is giving an opportunity to the land grabbers to construct within the ICT limits.

It is to mention here that some three months back, the environment directorate in a letter to the CDA high-ups had maintained that Pakistan forest act 1927 and other acts are only for the specific purposes/areas and could not be implemented on the wish and whim of others. “As regard to control on encroachments in Banigala, our staff is deputed only for the protection of reserve forest and acquired site at Umer Saleem Road and adjacent area along Murree Road which were handed over to the environment directorate. It is regretfully pointed out that the issue of takeover of the land at Lakhwal and Banigala areas is still pending among different formations of the CDA including enforcement directorate,” the letter said.

The environment directorate further advised that the matter may be referred to director land for clearance of acquisition issue and thereafter, directorate of enforcement may take over the possession of site and hand over to the environment directorate for its control.

The letter written by the director BCS said: “It is observed with great concern that letters from different formations of CDA are being received in Building Control Directorate with the request to be vigilant and observe strict watch and ward in private housing societies and un-acquired land falling within the ICT limits. In this regard, it is clarified that this issue does not pertain to Building Control Directorate and presently this directorate is only responsible for implementation of building bye-laws on the plots allotted by Estate Management Directorate, CDA. The director requested that in future “such unnecessary correspondence should be avoided and in case any irregularity is found, matter may be referred to the enforcement directorate as per standard operating procedure.” A few weeks back, a CDA deputy director was admonished by the high-ups over taking action against illegal housing societies. The action was allegedly taken on the directions of elected MNA from Islamabad, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary who has been now made minister of state for Capital Administration and Development Division. The CDA has also been placed under the CADD. Earlier, CDA was working under Cabinet Division.