Land grabbing mafia goes unchecked in Sector G-14

Margalla hills in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The encroachments by land mafia in G-14 are continuing as apparently no tangible measures have been taken to stop illegal constructions in the area despite ban under Section 144.

It is feared that the genuine people affected in the process of land acquisition, would be deprived of their due compensation and allottees of the plots in the sector would further suffer due to delay in development work and handing over possession of plots to them. It seems that the land mafia was active in all three sub-sectors of G-14 and had been constructing dummy houses with cement blocks and factory prepared roofs to include them in the survey list of build-up property compensation.
Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) in 2003 had announced allotment of Sector G-14 for the different categories of government officers and other segments through balloting.

After receiving applications, almost 8,000 applicants were allotted plots in three sub-sectors, it was expected that within three to four years development of the sector would be completed, and possession of the plots will be handed over to the allottees.

The administration of the departments concerned at that time put off the matter of built-up property compensation pending due to which now they have a chance to make money through dummy build-up properties.

Sources on Tuesday said that amazingly the rate of encroachment in Sector G-14/1 was much less as compared to other sub-sectors as people pass through that area and they might complain in that regard.

Residents of the area said that land mafia had been continuously constructing dummy houses, police and FGEHF officials were not checking them during this dummy exercise. app


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