SYED DANISH HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan has requested the Capital Development Authority to issue a 'temporary no objection certificate (NOC) for the placement of anti-bomb blockades around the embassy building located in the residential area of the Capital, The Nation has learnt. The Embassy has also requested the city managers to suggest an alternate suitable land in Diplomatic Enclave Extension area for the construction of the Embassy building. As earlier the land suggested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Embassy is under adverse possession and disputed between the locals and the Authority. The Embassy requested NOC for placing of blockades at a time when the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, in near past, several times expressed serious concern over placing of huge blocks around the embassies and missions in the different residential sectors. The Committee has already directed the department concerned to make efforts for shifting of the foreign missions from the residential areas. The letter written by Embassy of Uzbekistan and available with The Nation states that placement of anti-bomb blockades would not create hurdle in free movement of traffic and for pedestrians. Currently it is working in House 2, Street 2, Sector F-8/3, Kohistan Road. According to record compiled by CDA a total of 91 embassies and foreign mission offices are operating in the residential areas of the Capital. 43 embassies including Algeria, Norway, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Hungary, Denmark, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Belgium, Malaysia, Sudan, Oman, Libya, Brazil, Romania, Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Portugal and Portugal (Chancery), British Council, Greece and their visa office, Republic of Northern Cyprus, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Finland and Latvia, and 48 offices of the foreign missions and others including the UN are operating in the residential areas. Meanwhile, at least 11 embassies following the bombings on World Food Programme office and Danish Embassy had contacted CDA and some of those have submitted their site plans. The cases of the missions including the Netherlands, Norway, Malaysia, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Malaysia, Libya, Australia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are in progress, a CDA official said. Embassies of Australia, Saudi Arabia, Holland and Korea have constructed their building in Diplomatic Enclave but are still functioning in the residential areas, he added. Available record shows the total area of existing in the Diplomatic Enclave is 795.28 acres. A total of 56 plots allotted to embassies in the Diplomatic Enclave out of which 35 are lying vacant. Sources in Planning Directorate of the Authority said CDA was working on development of an area of 788.40 acres for the extension of Diplomatic Enclave. But till today the dispute between inhabitants and CDA is not fixed, so the establishment of new diplomatic enclave would take sometime, he said. Many complainants, residents of the same streets/areas where these embassies and mission offices are located, approached CDA and lodged their complaints in this regard, as the people have been confronting various difficulties after the Authority converted such housing units into Enclosed Restricted Area (ERA) to ensure security, official added. Earlier, the CDA after great difficulties got vacated 35 acres of land that was located in the extended part of the Diplomatic Enclave and was allotted to the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China for the construction of Visa Seekers Service Centre. The CDA had paid cash compensation to 20 families from the old Malpur village who were occupying the piece of land allotted to the Chinese Embassy and were not ready to hand over the possession of the land to the Authority. CDA Spokesperson Ramzan Sajid while talking to The Nation said the Authority would soon resolve the issues pertaining to the vacation of new Diplomatic Enclave land from the inhabitants. He said recently the Chairman had directed embassies representatives to complete their land allotment process in new Enclave within six months besides requesting them to start construction work at earliest. He said the Authority had asked them to immediately shift their offices/embassies from residential areas in a bid to curb the practice of non-confirming use of residential units.