CDA has cleared the operations of encroachment on Margalla Hills
The Margalla Hills anti-encroachment operation by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) ended on Sunday. There was construction going on in the vicinity.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the CDA to clear all encroachments from the Margalla Hills. Following this, the CDA carried out some operations in the highlands. The primary function took place on Sunday in the Talhar area.
Senior police officials, including Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat, CDA Director Enforcement Syed Fatehul Manan, and Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat, were also present.
Locals objected to the operation. But the deputy commissioner informed them that no one was authorized to affect the landscape of the Margalla Hills.
“We finished our operation in Talhar today, and now we will undertake a plantation drive in the area,” stated a CDA official. He added that private developers were building in the region, but the site was set aside for grassing rather than construction.
The CDA chairman directed the operation. He also happens to be the top commissioner.
Following his orders, five people were arrested on Wednesday. They were guarding a construction site where plots were being carved out after land levelling.
Read More from Sigma News: KP Chief Minister Prohibits construction activities in Makhnial Forests.
Around 4,000 Kanal of land in the stated region belongs to local people or those who bought it from them. Yet, the status of this land is not suitable for construction.
“Land mafia had constructed illegal buildings at the foot of the Margalla Hills in Islamabad for some time now,” according to a press statement released on Sunday. “The CDA administration took appropriate action and evacuated the mountain with the support of district administration and Islamabad police.”
The Enforcement Department used heavy machinery to demolish multiple unlawful structures in Islamabad’s Talhar and Gokina areas. As a result, they completely freed them from the grip of the land mafia.
The CDA has been engaged in continuous operations against illegal encroachments and constructions. It has resulted in the retrieval of land worth billions of rupees. On the directive of the federal government, several land grabbers have been detained and taken into custody.