Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to take the built-up property (BUP) review cases in C-15 to court, according to a news source. The Islamabad Deputy Commissioner will preside over the hearing.
Former director land Malik Touqeer Nawaz questioned the review cases in March, declaring them non-maintainable under the law. CDA officials are now calling for an official inquiry to be carried out by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
In 2016, the BUP awards for the sector were announced with 504 people deemed eligible for their claims, of whom 167 were placed on the ‘A’ list after providing all the requisite information, while 337 were listed as ‘B’. At the time, the assistant director technical and assistant director land submitted that no house or structure was left unmeasured at the site. However, during the review cases, 200 more cases were added as eligible for BUP claims in the form of plot or cash compensation.
CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali stated that the management has ordered the review filing as part of the policy and the cases will be dealt on a merit basis. He added that BUP cases pose a challenge to authority owing to their complexity. Also, he revealed that CDA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) to use the satellite imagery for BUP reference estimates, among other matters.
He suggested that the BUP awards and land awards should be announced simultaneously to make the process more transparent.