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Friday June 21, 2024

Action ordered against illegal housing schemes in Rawalpindi

By Khalid Iqbal
May 18, 2024
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Engineer Aamir Khattak gestures during a meeting on February 24, 2024. — Facebook/Commissioner Rawalpindi Official
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Engineer Aamir Khattak gestures during a meeting on February 24, 2024. — Facebook/Commissioner Rawalpindi Official

Rawalpindi: Commissioner Rawalpindi Division has acknowledged the rampant growth of illegal housing societies, recognizing their exploitation of hard-earned money from unsuspecting citizens. Consequently, he has mandated Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to take stringent measures against this nefarious network.

In a recent meeting helmed by Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Engineer Aamir Khattak, at his office, key officials including the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Commissioner Coordination, and Director General of RDA convened to address the issue.

During the session, both RDA and the Food Department provided updates on their daily operations. Expressing grave concern over the unchecked expansion of illegal housing ventures, Commissioner Rawalpindi emphasized the need for an indiscriminate crackdown, stressing the importance of adhering strictly to merit-based principles without favouritism or prejudice.

Highlighting the detrimental impact of these unlawful housing schemes on both finances and the environment, the Commissioner underscored the urgency of decisive action. According to RDA, there are currently 635 housing schemes in Rawalpindi, with 104 approved, 96 under review, and ongoing measures against the remainder.

The mushroom growth of illegal housing societies has contributed to a surge in criminal activity, with both the revenue department and RDA implicated in facilitating this illicit industry. A recent survey by 'The News' revealed a startling rise in the number of illegal housing societies, attributed partly to the infiltration of corrupt officials into government ranks. Public outcry has demanded accountability, particularly targeting RDA and revenue officers for their complicity in enabling land grabbers.

Commissioner Rawalpindi has also called for enhanced scrutiny by the Food Department to ensure the provision of quality food to the populace, emphasizing the importance of cleanliness and adherence to hygiene standards in food establishments.

The Food Department reported conducting 1998 raids since May 1, 2024, issuing 864 improvement notices, imposing fines totalling Rs53 lakh 62 thousand, and filing 02 FIRs in pursuit of regulatory compliance.