The chief official, The Capital Development Authority (CDA) pledged to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that they will immediately and reasonably resolve the ongoing issues with landowners whose land has been acquired for the development of E12 sector.

It was a terrible injustice, according to IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, that the displaced victims are long awaiting compensation from the CDA for years. The CDA chief testified before the court that he had just visited the area to hear the concerns of the landowners and will pay more visits shortly.

CDA acquired E-12 in the 1980s and in 1989 & sold out over 4,000 plots. However, the allottees are yet to get possession of the land while a number of displaced landowners who were entitled to alternative plots are still awaiting compensation.

It should also be highlighted that CDA’s neglect has resulted in hundreds of people being displaced in various sectors and are not yet compensated for decades.

The court adjourned the case for a month after a report to the IHC was presented by CDA officials to reassure their compliance with court orders.

The report indicated, “On-site assistance will be provided to the affected persons to help them conduct legal heir-ship, update their records, & complete other legal formalities”. The report went on to say, “The member estate should make sure that the authorities visited the sector and other neighborhoods of displaced victims every week.”

This will make sure that the rehabilitation practices are extended evidently. Additionally, the CDA will be required to guarantee that rehabilitating benefits are extended evidently to the affected individuals and are in line with current rehabilitation policies, rules, and regulations, effective.

CDA also expressed that the land and Rehabilitation Directorate of the CDA are contemplating the idea of establishing a site office for the landowners to relieve them from the hassle of visiting the CDA office occasionally. The report also stated, “CDA chairman had tasked the officers of the L&R directorate and members of the estate to administer fair and open balloting of the deserving people.”

Source: Dawn

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