PM blocks sale of Blue Area plots

ISLAMABAD, Aug 30: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that his government will never compromise on transparency and good governance and therefore blocked the sale of commercial plots in Blue Area.

The Prime Minister took this decision after he found that the auction of commercial plots in Blue Area was not held in transparent manner.

According to an advertisement given by the authority on July 20, the CDA decided to sell 12 plots each measuring up to 1333.33 square yards located in F-9 and G-9.

The civic authority has not received many bids, and the 12 plots have only attracted 11 buyers.

A CDA official told Dawn that with 12 plots and 11 buyers, the sale of plots through pre-qualification means that CDA will likely fetch a  lower price for commercial plots and will only benefit those in charge.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethi and Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal at the Prime Minister’s House this morning to ascertain the facts of the case, according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s office.

After discussing the matter in detail, the Prime Minister directed that the auction be held in abeyance.“The secretary of the cabinet division Ms. Sethi has been asked by the Prime Minister to submit a detailed report within three days covering all aspects of the auction of Blue Area commercial plots,” said an official of the prime minister secretariat.

It is important to mention that few officials in the authority resisted the pre-qualification and also questioned the size of the plots since the original plot size was much bigger than the announced size of 1333.33 sq yd.— Staff Reporter