In an effort to combat the escalating issue of rehabilitation claims, the district administration of the capital city has imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of land acquired by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) through stamp papers.
This decisive action aims to curb illegal transactions and safeguard the rights of the CDA.
The CDA, recognizing the unauthorized sale and purchase of its acquired land using stamp papers, approached the district administration to intervene and regulate the activities of authorized stamp vendors.
Promptly responding to the request, the additional deputy commissioner revenue of Islamabad issued a warning letter to all stamp vendors, demanding an immediate halt to the practice. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of licenses and legal repercussions.
Over the years, the CDA has acquired substantial land across different revenue estates of the capital city for the development of residential sectors and other purposes. However, the authority has faced challenges in providing complete compensation and securing absolute possession of the acquired land, leading to the emergence of illegal settlements throughout the city.
Upon the announcement of land acquisition by the government, mutations were temporarily suspended, prohibiting any sale or purchase of the land, except through the authorized department. Despite these restrictions, local landlords have been engaging in the sale of land using stamp papers, granting on-ground possession and creating numerous illegal settlements.
These actions have resulted in the establishment of third-party rights against the CDA.
Of particular concern is the threat posed to underdeveloped sectors adjacent to the recently completed Margalla Avenue. Although the CDA acquired the land in these sectors years ago, the development work is yet to commence, leaving them vulnerable to adverse possession claims.
Recently, the civic authority launched an operation in sectors C-16, C-15, C-14, and C-13 to remove illegally constructed properties. However, sectors D-13, E-13, and F-13 present a more severe situation, with private individuals occupying hundreds of kanals of land and constructing lavish villas without proper documentation – a consequence of land sale and purchase through stamp papers.
After a period of silence on the matter, the CDA has taken action by writing a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, urging immediate intervention to halt these illegal practices and enforce compliance among stamp vendors.
In the letter penned by Director Land CDA, Sidra Anwar, it was brought to the attention of the deputy commissioner that the sale and purchase of CDA’s acquired land through stamp papers has commenced in various villages and rural areas, including Malpur, Alipur, Sanyari, Mera Beri, Pind Sangrial, Bhaiker Fatch Bakhsh, Dharek Mohri, Mera Jaffer, and Sang Jani.
The letter emphasizes the illegality of such transactions, as well as the exploitation of land and building utilization rights (BUPs) acquired through stamp papers from the CDA.
The CDA’s letter requests strict action against stamp vendors involved in these illicit activities, emphasizing the need to “discourage” the illegal sale and purchase of CDA-acquired land.
The district administration’s ban on the sale and purchase of CDA-acquired land through stamp papers serves as a vital step towards rectifying the issue of unauthorized transactions and ensuring rightful compensation for affected parties.
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