The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is planning to change the development status of H-16. Earlier, the sector came under the category of “educational” as it was meant to solely comprise educational institutions. But now, the CDA wants to convert the sector into a residential one. In this blog, we will explore why the move is necessary.
Without further ado, let us get started.
The Change in the Development Status of H-16
The master plan of Islamabad needs to change every 20 years so as to make relevant changes based on the requirements of people. A commission to revise the master plan of Islamabad was set up in December 2018 to review the city’s master plan.
The CDA had recommended new construction bylaws to promote high-rise buildings in Islamabad which were approved by the commission. A report on the complete revision of the master plan was approved in a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
With time, the relevant authorities make changes to the master plan suiting their requirements and needs. One such change is expected to take place as the development status of H-16 will change from educational to residential sector. The change is taking place to help accommodate the affectees of Chauntra Village from the north of E-10 and D-11.
These lands of the affectees had been acquired by the civic authority and now it is obligatory on the CDA to provide them with alternate plots. Therefore, to accommodate the affectees, people of the Chauntra Village will be given residential plots in H-16.
But before that the CDA is required to settle thousands of built-up property cases of people from E-10 and D-11 and hand over the plots in H-16 to the rightful owners. For this purpose, the cadastral mapping of Islamabad is also taking place.
The Cadastral Map of Islamabad
In January 2020, the CDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Survey of Pakistan to digitize the land records of the capital city. This digitization process will help solve many disputes and bring transparency to the land records.
As per the agreement, the experts from the Survey of Pakistan will carry out a complete survey within the boundaries of the federal capital and form a Cadastral Map of Islamabad. The top civic authority of the capital city, the CDA will then utilize the area falling within the boundaries of Islamabad and develop the federal capital accordingly. To mark the boundary of Islamabad is more important because Islamabad has a close proximity with the twin city, Rawalpindi.
One of the key features of the cadastral map is to calculate the built-up-area in CDA acquired sectors for awarding compensation to the affectees. Unless the built-up-area is not determined the compensation to the locals who have been affected with CDA’s land acquisition drive can’t be compensated. Therefore, the cadastral mapping of Islamabad is of significant importance before changing the development status of H-16 and awarding the affectees of Chauntra Village the promised alternate land.
Apart from the above-mentioned feature, the agreement between the CDA and the Survey of Pakistan, will demarcate and digitize CDA’s land. This will help the CDA to have a complete database about the size and nature of the land and who the real owners are of the acquired land. With the cadastral mapping it will reduce the number of land disputes and bring transparency into the process so that no one would be able to change the land records easily.
The agreement also specifies to demarcate intersecting points (IPs) of sectors on the ground, and help in undertaking a topographic survey before the CDA decides to acquire any land in the future. It will also help the civic authority map out the land it has acquired up till now.
So, this was all there was to know about how H-16 becomes a residential sector.
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