CDA Proposes Apartments Rather than Plots


Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) receives instructions to initiate a feasibility study regarding the possibility of providing apartments in high-rise buildings to its employees, rather than allocating plots, according to a news source on February 20.

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Following are the key pointers regarding this development:

  • The recent meeting discussed the Interior Ministry’s summary on compliance with Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders regarding the adverse effects of Regulation 5 of Islamabad Land Disposal Regulations 2005 on CDA’s revenue generation.
  • The Interior Ministry sought the cabinet’s approval for a revised Allotment Policy applicable to CDA Employees under Regulation 2(f) of Islamabad Land Regulations 2005.
  • The cabinet instructed the CDA to review the draft policy for fairness and assess potential losses compared to auction proceeds or tender bids, as directed by the court.
  • A cabinet-mandated feasibility study by a reputable consultant regarding the provision of high-rise apartments to CDA employees, findings to be presented to the next elected government.
  • Cabinet briefed on the court’s orders from December 6, 2022, and February 14, 2023, along with subsequent examination by the CDA Board.
  • CDA historically allocated small plots to low-paid employees since 1971 to encourage home construction and bolster housing stock in the capital.
  • Previous allotments were made under the CDA Ordinance, 1960, and Land Disposal Regulations, the last allotments occurred in 2006.
  • CDA Board approved the draft Allotment Policy and returned it for resubmission due to changes in ministerial responsibilities.
  • The CDA Board reaffirmed the decision and endorsed a revised Draft Allotment Policy emphasizing pricing mechanisms based on land acquisition and infrastructure development costs.
  • The recent trend of horizontal expansion prompted discussions on alternative approaches.
  • The cabinet proposed the provision of apartments instead of plots to CDA employees in compliance with court orders.

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The matter is to be reported to the court in an upcoming hearing scheduled for February 21, 2024.


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