Sialkot: 57 housing schemes declared illegal
SIALKOT: The Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) Thursday declared as many as 57 private housing schemes fake and illegal and banned the sale of plots in these housing schemes.
These housing scheme were not got approved by the TMA as the owners were unable to present the maps of these schemes, despite the repeated calls by the Administration, which declared these schemes illegal for the violation of Punjab Private Housing Rules 2005.
It is also reported that despite ban, the sale of plots in these illegal housing schemes is still going on due to the alleged malpractice of the officials concerned of the Municipal Authority and Revenue Department as well. The owners of these schemes are earning millions of rupees by selling the plots, causing loss of Rs1 billion to Sialkot TMA.
According to TMA Tehsil Officer Planning & Coordination Sumera Shafi, the Authority had yet issued the NoCs to only four private housing schemes after completing the requirements. She said that 57 above mentioned private housing schemes were illegal and fake, as they had not yet got approved their maps by the TMA. She admitted that the sale of the plots was continuing.
Sumera said that the TMA had also written to the Revenue Department officials to halt the sale and purchase of these plots. She said that under Punjab Private Housing Rules 2005, the early provision of all the basic facilities including mosques, schools, dispensary, recreational park, widened roads, sewage, potable drinking water, natural gas, electricity and telephone should be available in any private housing scheme before its launching.
She added that none of these basic facilities was available there in these 57 schemes nor any development work had yet been started there.
Talking to the newsmen, Hassan Sarfraz Bhalli Advocate said that the owners of these so-called private schemes had earned millions by selling the plots, as the owners seem to be influential and belong to the local land mafia. He said that the sale of plots in the said private housing schemes still going on unabatedly. He urged the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Gujranwala Division Commissioner Saeed Wahla and Sialkot DCO Mujahid Sher Dil to take serious notice of this critical situation.