CDA toothless against police ‘encroachment’
ISLAMABAD: As Capital Police is not ready to evacuate the solid bunkers, the Capital Development Authority finds itself in a situation where it can’t get its land back.
The News reported Tuesday that the Islamabad Police had built solid bunkers along roads and in the green medians running between important highways and avenues of the city.
“This unilateral action by the Islamabad Police has caught us absolutely unaware and is absolutely uncalled for. Considering the security situation in the country and knowing well about the sensitivity of the issue with reference to the federal capital, the CDA is all out to offer any sort of help to the Islamabad Police, facilitating these ‘Jawans’ in performance of their duties,” a senior official of the authority told ‘The News’.
“But the Islamabad Police built these solid bunkers without taking the CDA into confidence and these cubicles that they have constructed are hardly suitable to provide the sort of protection that they (Islamabad Police) are looking for. And it is really funny that not only the Islamabad Police constructed these bunkers without permission or consultation with the CDA, they have already sold out the outer walls of these structures to some advertising company that is now offering these spaces to the potential clients who may wish to put their advertisements upon those,” he said.
When contacted, Deputy Inspector-General (Operations), Bani Amin, who is currently holding the charge of IGP Islamabad Police, told The News that these structures were constructed by different commercial organisations as the Islamabad Police don’t have any such funds to build such structures on its own.
“All these bunkers have been constructed through donations provided by different organisations. We have done this for the safety and security of general public as well as to facilitate our officials performing duties at these posts and pickets. If somebody has put its advertisements or signboards on the walls of these bunkers, then that has been done by the individual or organisation that has donated the money for the construction of these bunkers,” he said.[google-map]