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Ministry of Housing to Crack Down on Illegal Constructions in Islamabad 

Ministry of Housing

In a renewed effort to combat unauthorized constructions in government houses in Islamabad, the Ministry of Housing and Works has announced its intention to launch a comprehensive action plan. Following a similar attempt abandoned last year, the ministry is now gearing up to address the rampant issue of illegal extensions and additional structures erected by allottees.

Numerous government employees residing in official accommodations have violated Capital Development Authority (CDA) bylaws by expanding their premises, including the addition of extra storeys and encroachment onto adjacent areas. With approximately 17,000 government houses under the management of the Estate Office, unauthorized constructions have become a prevalent concern.

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Ministry of Housing

The attention of the newly-appointed Minister for Housing and Works Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has been drawn to this violation, prompting directives to initiate corrective measures. A meeting chaired by Secretary Housing and Works Dr. Shahzad Khan Bangash, attended by key officials, culminated in the decision to take stringent action against violators.

The ministry emphasized issuing notices to allottees guilty of illegal constructions and subletting official accommodations, along with those utilizing government residences for commercial activities. Stringent measures are also slated for property dealers facilitating subletting.

Assurances were given by the Director General of the Estate Office to promptly issue notices in compliance with regulations, drawing parallels with a similar operation in 2018 which resulted in the vacation of 2,200 houses from illegal occupants.

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Secretary Housing emphasized immediate anti-encroachment efforts post-notice issuance, aiming to restore original building plans by eliminating unauthorized constructions. The eviction process will be conducted with the assistance of the district administration and CDA.

Despite acknowledging systemic shortcomings in housing provision, including the shortage of residences for government employees, authorities are resolute in curbing unauthorized constructions. The ministry plans to balance enforcement actions with long-term solutions, advocating for the construction of new houses to accommodate the growing demand.

While previous efforts faced setbacks due to economic circumstances, the ministry remains steadfast in its commitment to rectify the issue, ensuring adherence to regulations and fostering a conducive living environment for government employees in the capital city.