ISLAMABAD  – A number of private schools in different sectors of federal capital are encroaching lands of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), besides creating hazards for pedestrians as well as commuters especially in busy hours.

The private institutes have occupied more space through installing gates and making gardens or putting blocks for security reasons or putting blocks in front of the buildings irk the masses residing in these areas, and hampering the smooth flow of traffic. It has been observed that a number of private schools has been increased in recent years as the investors consider running educational institute as most profitable business and many of the private schools are functioning within the homes just to mint money.

The government schools are providing quality and inexpensive education to the students belonging to every class but are not enough in number to cater their needs and the parents are bound to educate their children through private institutes.

“I live in I/10 sector where people are running private schools in their homes. I stuck up on the road daily in traffic rush caused due to encroachment of more space by schools than allocated”, Shakir Hussain, a resident said. “A large number of private schools are operating within the homes without having registration with the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) just to earn money while the authority also lacks powers to keep vigilance on these institutes, he observed.

Kamran khan, another resident of F/10 said “Most of the private schools have occupied space by extending the boundary walls or placing concrete blocks for security reasons outside the gates, making roads overcrowded most of the time.” “I admitted my child in a private school due to its good academic reputation but I face problem while picking and dropping my child as the half of the street is encroached by the institute with its extended gate and boundary wall.

However, rapid movement of school vans at such places can cause accident during opening and closing time, he added.

When contacted a spokesman of Capital Development Authority (CDA), Ramzan Sajid, he said the authority regularly carries out anti encroachment drive both in residential and commercial areas and removing all such unauthorized constructions whether they are raised by an individual  or institution. The master plan of Islamabad lacked specific land for private educational institutions; however, the CDA has decided to allocate some plots for these institutions in the residential sector, to be developed in future, he added.