PKONWEB Report – Massive irregularities have been found in 41 private housing schemes of Rawalpindi, according to a report prepared by the auditor-general of Pakistan (AGP).
The damning report uncovered irregularities of almost $4 billion, according to Samaa TV.
Carried out by the country’s federal’s audit agency, the report states that a loss of more than $2.14 billion to the national exchequer took place due to illegal construction of buildings by these housing schemes.
Bahria Town was identified as one of the three dozen and more housing projects in the garrison city which exceeded regulatory thresholds.
The development comes as a major international property investment company announced plans to invest 500 million pounds in Pakistan’s real estate sector. After Islamabad, the London-based Daniel Johns Group will also venture into real estate development in Lahore and Gwadar and introduce its successful worldwide premium food franchise business across the country by the end of next year, says a press release issued in April.
The British-headquartered group has launched its Ce-La-Vi development in capital Islamabad, promising to build iconic and first-class luxury apartments, penthouses and commercial shops.
The capital is considered a prime locale for the upscale and overseas Pakistanis.
According to the audit report, construction has been illegally carried out on 3,026 kanal of prime land instead of the allotted 648 kanal, the report states.
The illegal approval of these housing projects has caused a loss of $1.49 billion, it says, adding that the housing projects have been given non-residential areas. These schemes have illegally encroached upon land meant for public spaces, graveyards and parks, the report said.
Earlier in September 2018, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) declared six housing schemes illegal and directed owners of the schemes to stop advertisement and development. Notices were issued to CPEC Resort, Abdullah City, Khanial Homes, Bin Alam City, extension of the Capital Smart City and the Blue World City.
Following housing projects were recently audited by AGP which found irregularities:It identified them as:
- Faisal Town Housing Scheme
- Commoners Sky Garden
- Northern Area Resident Cooperative Housing Society
- Pakistan Overseas Housing Scheme
- Fizaia Housing Scheme
- T&T Housing Society
- Railway Employees Cooperative Housing Society
- Bostan Avenue Housing Society
- Ternol Housing Society
- Khudad City Housing Society
- Top City Housing Society
- Clifton Town
- Bahria Town Phase VIII
- Foreign Office Employees Housing Scheme
- Municipal Corporation Housing Scheme
- Safari Villas I Housing Scheme
- Doctor’s Town
- Central Board of Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
- Sonobar City Housing Scheme
- PIA Housing Scheme
- PARC Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
- Safari Villa II Housing Scheme
- Kehkashan Town
- Garden Villas Housing Scheme
- Bahria Paradise Housing Scheme
- Rabia Bungalows Village
- Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Employees Housing Society
- Judicial Housing Scheme
- Gulshan-e-Abad Housing Society
- Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
- Up-Country Housing Scheme
- Kohsaar Housing Scheme
- East Ridge Housing Scheme
- Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
- Gulshan-e-Fatima Housing Scheme
- Mumtaz City Housing Scheme
- Al-Shifa Housing Scheme
- Bahria Town Phase I,II and III
- University Town Housing Scheme
- Army Welfare Housing Scheme Rawalpindi
- Agosh Housing Scheme Rawalpindi
Back in July, the RDA had declared 31 housing schemes in its limits illegal and advised the citizens not to invest in them. These housing schemes were: Jinnah Town, Airport Employees Cooperative Housing society, Gulshan-i-Ali, Janjua Town 1, Janjua Town II, Janjua Town III, Khayaban-i-Millat, Rasool Town, National Town, Khayaban-i-Quaid, T&T Housing Society, OGDC Town, Hamza Town, Sanghar Town, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Fazal Town phase II, Gulberg Town, Lake Vista Residential Rawal City, Palm City, Jabbar City, Usman Block, Jubilee Town, Lawyers Town, Radio Colony, Federation of Employees Cooperate Housing Society, Samarzar Housing Project, Gulraiz Housing Scheme, Metro Homes, Babar Homes, Paras Villas and Al-Falah Homes.
In a report on December 28, it was revealed that 43 housing societies were constructed in Islamabad without CDA’s approval. These Societies in Zone-5 are:
- Morgah City
- Hamza Town
- Parliamentarians Enclave
- National Cooperative
- Media Town
- Tele Town
- National Police Foundation
- Azim Town
- Pak PWD
- Dhanyal Town/Fiza Town
- Pakistan Town
- Ghouri Town
- Askaria Town
- Judicial Employees Housing Scheme
- Bankers City
- Rasheed Town/Sadozai Town
- Bankers Town/Hamza Town
- River View
- Fatima Villas
- Television Media Town
- Fiza Town
- Aliya Town
- Danyal Town
- Aiza Garden Mouza Lohi Bher
- Sahozai Town
- New Model Town Humak/Roshan Enclave
- Jinnah Garden-II
- National Assembly Mouza Chocha
The Supreme Court ordered cancellation of the layout of 11 societies, including six in Zone 2 and five in Zone 5.