05 Dec 2011

CDA vs E-11 housing societies: IHC moved to pre-empt sewerage system closure

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Authority (CDA) to block the sewerage system, five housing societies of sector E-11 prayed to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through a petition seeking leave to connect their sewerage lines with the main system of the city.
IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Friday took up the petition of five housing societies including National Police Foundation (NPF), Multi-Professional Cooperative Housing Society (MPCHS), Federal Government Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FGECHS), Pakistan Medical Cooperative Housing Society (PMCHS) and Services Cooperative Housing Society (SCHS).

The court issued notice to the chairman CDA and adjourned the matter till the date to be fixed by the office after court`s winter vacation.

Asghar Hussain Sabazwari, counsel for the housing societies told the court that his clients developed sector E-11 but during the development of their respective schemes they learnt that the construction of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) was not technically feasible for them.

He said the matter regarding the STPs construction was taken up with the CDA officials and other departments concerned and it was decided that each society would make arrangements for the construction of an integrated STP instead of constructing separate STPs for each society.

The process to construct STP was under way when CDA special magistrate on the insistence of Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued notices to the societies stating that they had connected the sewerage lines of E-11 with the natural nullahs without treating it in the treatment plant, he maintained.

The counsel pointed out that being a municipal body, CDA was bound to make arrangements for the disposal of waste water while the authority was pressing each housing society to construct their own STPs while there was only one STP for entire Islamabad where not more than 10 per cent sewage was treated.

He requested the court that the CDA might be directed to permit these housing societies for construction of trunk sewerage system connecting with city sewerage system at F-11. He said as an alternative, the CDA might be directed to evolve a consensus formula for the construction of STP for the sector. Dawn

On the other hand, CDA Deputy Director General (STP) Shahid Suhail while talking to said that these housing societies were repeatedly asked to construct their own STPs as at the time of issuance of NoC they pledged to construct the treatment plants at their housing societies.

He said the housing societies had sold the land which was allocated for STPs in their societies and now they were demanding that alternative land should be allocated for the construction of an integrated STP.

The authority had decided to block the sewerage lines of those housing societies whose waste water was falling in natural nullahs but they went into litigation, he said.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/03/cda-vs-e-11-housing-societies-ihc-moved-to-pre-empt-sewerage-system-closure.html

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