Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to provide suggestions regarding the issues surrounding One Constitution Avenue, according to a news source. The decision to approach the CDA in this regard was made after a review petition had been submitted to the SC — a three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial deliberated on the case, and issued these instructions after careful consideration.
The bench directed the CDA to ensure the protection of third party rights in a well-drafted plan that is also implementable. It is important to remember that the basic issue with One Constitution Avenue was that the building’s occupiers were allegedly using it for purposes other than the ones previously agreed upon. Even though the land had been earmarked for the construction of a five-star hotel, it was instead being used for an apartment project.
Justice Bandial asked the CDA for their opinion on the best and most feasible solution possible for this particular issue; either demolishing the building, or some other alternative. Previously, the CDA had cancelled the owner’s lease due to the unauthorised usage of the hotel site for residential purposes. The SC asked the body to submit a viable plan to tackle this problem.