The Task Force, empowered by the Divisional Anti-Encroachment Committee’s decisions, continues to make significant progress in its mission to clamp down on illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi. The Task Force has recently conducted a large-scale operation against six illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi, including Daag Garden, Pothohar Valley, Gulshan Abbas, Chinar Enclave, Imran Garden, and Mojahid.
Extensive Operation to Dismantle Illegal Housing Societies in Rawalpindi
The Task Force, under the direction of Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Liaqat Ali Chatha, along with the Director-General of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), the Deputy Commissioner of Rawalpindi, and the Chief Police Officer of Rawalpindi, has undertaken a comprehensive operation to dismantle these unauthorized housing societies. During the operation, boundaries, main internal roads, road medians, containers, and infrastructure associated with these schemes were dismantled and sealed.
Vigilance Against Illegal Housing Societies in Rawalpindi
Muhammad Saif Anwar Jappa, the Director-General of the RDA, emphasized that the operation is part of a broader initiative to curb fraudulent activities associated with illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi and prevent citizens’ financial exploitation. He also highlighted that complaints regarding unlawful land grabs have been received from the public, leading to this stern action.
It was noted that owners of these housing societies had completed the legal documentation for these properties, and possession of the land had been returned to them. Assistant Director of Building Control at RDA, Muhammad Usman Bajwa, clarified that property owners of these schemes have successfully fulfilled the legal requirements and now hold the rightful possession of the land.
Public Awareness and Caution
Authorities strongly advise the public not to invest in or conduct business transactions with illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi. Instead, they encourage individuals to engage only with approved housing schemes. Information on legitimate housing schemes can be found on the RDA’s website (www.rda.gop.pk). It is essential to exercise caution and be aware of the legal status of any housing scheme before engaging in any transactions.
Prior Notices and Warnings
Before the comprehensive operation, property owners and sponsors of the mentioned housing schemes had been issued notices. Authorities had also issued notices to halt illegal advertisements, bookings, and development activities in these schemes.
The operation involved a dedicated team, including Muhammad Usman Bajwa, Assistant Director of Building Control at RDA, Rawalpindi’s Saddar Police Station team, RDA Scheme and Building Inspectors, District Council representatives, and other team members. This collaborative effort aims to counteract the proliferation of illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi and their adverse impact on the citizens and the region.