On the orders of Punjab government, the Rawalpindi administration has banned 71 illegal housing schemes in Rawal Town and Potohar Town. The concerned authorities warned the public not to purchase land or plot in these unauthorised housing societies because the revenue department would not ‘register’ and ‘transfer’ land in these schemes.
As many as 27 illegal housing schemes exist in Rawal Town and 44 in Potohar Town.
The city district government banned 71 illegal housing schemes and took legal action according to the Punjab Land Subdivision-Private Housing Scheme Rules 2010. Through a notification, the Punjab government ordered all local managements to stop ‘registry’ and ‘transfer’ of plots in illegal housing societies. Illegal housing colonies neither have NOC nor any other legal document to run the projects.
As many as 27 illegal housing societies are functioning in the jurisdiction of Rawal Town, namely Gulshan-e-Ali along Adiala Road, Gulf City along Chakri Road, Fazal Town along Airport Road, Lake Vista along Kalyal Road, Al Muslim Estate along Adiala Road, Airport Employees Society along Airport Road, New University Town along Chakri Road, National Town along Chakri Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal along Dhamial Road, Jinnah Town along Adiala Road, Samarzar along Adiala Road, Khayaban-e-Millat along Adiala Road, Gulbarg Town along Adiala Road, Lawyers Cooperative Housing Society along Airport Road at Chaklala, Gulshan-e-Babar along Adiala Road, Shahpur Town along Adiala Road, Ibrahim Villas along Adiala Road, Saleha Villas along Adiala Road, SS Marketing along Adiala Road, Sanober City along Adiala Road, Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood Housing Colony at Dhoke Chaudhrian, Malik Afaq Colony at Dhoke Kala Khan, Extension Airport Housing Society along Airport Road, Palm City at Dhoke Chaudhrian, Lawyers Town at Chaklala, Radio Colony along Adiala Road and Garden Township along Chak Beli Khan Road.
Similarly, a total of 44 illegal housing colonies exist in the Potohar Town jurisdiction, which are Al-Badar Motorway City, Night Forman City, Gulshan-e-Mustafa, Jammu and Kashmir Housing Society, Khyber Model Town, Sara Town, Al-Ibrahim City, SSR & Co, Al-Jannat City, Al Harmain Town, Heaven Garden, Ali Maula Motorway City, Classic City, Dubai City, Rawalpindi Green City, Gulshan-e-Shahryar, Gulshan-e-Subhan, Gulshan-e-Muhammadi, Gulshan-e-Batgram, Hina Town, Indus City, Islamabad Green Valley, Jafria Town, Khan Model Town, Khyber City, Khyber Garden, Neelum Valley, Motorway View City, National Agro City, New Islamabad City, New Islamabad Farming, PARC Housing Society, Peace City, Pindi Dairy, Qurtaba City, Qurtaba Farming, Rawal Garden, Saad Town, Saleh Town, Sanam Valley, Usama Town, Inayat City and Voller City.
Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Director Metropolitan Jamshed Aftab told ‘The News’ that they strictly warn the public not to purchase land or plot in these illegal housing colonies because they are fraudulent. “I have sent full information about illegal housing colonies to the revenue department not to ‘register’ or ‘transfer’ land or plot in these housing societies,” he claimed. He said that they have challaned and registered cases against owners of banned housing projects because they did not get any kind of NOC or registration from the concerned department.
Town Officer (Regulation) Potohar Town Kamran Khan said that they have registered cases against owners of illegal housing projects. “People should consult with us before purchasing land or plot in the said housing colonies,” he said. He said that owners of the said housing colonies did not get NOC or registration of their schemes.
When ‘The News’ contacted Additional District Collector (ADC) Talat Mehmood Gondal, he said that they have stopped ‘registry’ and ‘transfer’ of land in the banned housing societies. “The Punjab government has sent us a notification in which Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif ordered to stop ‘registry’ and ‘transfer’ of land in banned societies,” he said. But, “I have received complaints that owners of illegal housing colonies are getting ‘registry’ and ‘transfer’ from the tehsil office. I would take strict action against responsible officials,” he warned.