Delay in Margalla housing scheme balloting irks applicants

English: Margalla Hills view

English: Margalla Hills view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD - Unnecessary and prolonged delay in balloting for a residential scheme of Margalla Retreat E-11 has irked applicants for the scheme launched by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
Applicants for the residential scheme, Margalla Retreat E-11, have formed a Retreat E-11 victims’ group and vowed to take all possible measures against the CDA and the unscrupulous elements within the civic authority who have continued to stall any progress on allotment and possession of plots.

A large number of applicants met here at F-10/4 and formally decided to form a group of victims of Margalla Retreat E -11, Islamabad. Spokesman for the group, Aniq Zafar, told Pakistan Today that that it was bad handling on part of the CDA officials that had resulted in court cases and stay orders. “There are some unscrupulous elements within the CDA that are hand in glove with some property tycoons, trying to delay the allotment process in Margalla Retreat E 11,” he added.
Ramzan Sajid, the CDA spokesman, said that the civic body had released an advertisement for balloting of plots but the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a stay order against balloting process due to which they could not allot plots in the scheme. He said that they were ready for balloting process and the process would be started as soon as the court withdrew its stay orders against the process.

The need for forming such a group was felt as in September 2011 when the CDA announced the scheme and received applications and 40% advance along with it, but the CDA has failed to provide plots despite the claim in its advertisement ‘buy today, build today’. The CDA continues to assure applicants that the stay orders will be vacated soon.

The participants of the meeting included many retired government officials and professionals who have deposited their lifelong savings in Margalla Retreat E 11 with the hope that the CDA will not keep them waiting for months in a scheme that is already developed and the issues related to which have already been adjudicated in the Supreme Court.