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CDA to construct I15 flats in two years: Official sources PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Nov 28 (APP): The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will construct the much awaited flats in Sector I‑15 within two years.

Member Estate Management CDA.,  Brig. Asad Munir stated this during an exclusive interview with APP here on Friday.

CDA has also decided to increase the price of the flats, measuring 1100 Sq.Yards for which a decision will be taken soon. He said that plots or flats allotted to the provincial government employees in sector I‑15 would not be cancelled.

It may be recalled that plots or flats allotted to the provincial government servants or employees of the autonomous bodies were cancelled as the Federal Government employees were eligible to apply.

Besides, they were refunded their money after deduction of 10 percent of the total cost of the flat or plot prior to 8th February 2008. The said clause has also been waived and only Rs. 5,000/‑ would be deduced and the rest of the amount would be refunded.

However  Brig. Munir continued that they would have the option to keep the flat or plot and start making payment of the installments.

To a question regarding refund of the remaining amount, the Member Estate Management, CDA added that another summary would be moved to the CDA Board next week.

A sum of Rs. 5000/‑ would be deducted from those who got refund prior to 8th February, 2008.

Meanwhile the Wafaqi Mohtasib had directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for application of unified refund policy for the allotees of plots and flats in sector I‑15, Islamabad.    

The Wafaqi Mohtasib gave the consensus judgment on a petition filed by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan (HRSP). The HRSP, headed by former Federal Law Minister and Senator S M Zafar had approached the Wafaqi Mohtasib, for a ruling on CDA unjust and unfair refund policy for I‑15 allotees.

The Advisor, WM Secretariat Syed Yasin Ahmed in a consensus judgment had directed CDA to take necessary steps before October 19, 2008.

The CDA representative while recording his statement said that new refund policy, approved in February 2008, cannot apply with retrospective effect, according to the certified copy of the judgment here on Friday.

 

On February 8th, 2008 , CDA approved the refund policy for I‑15 sector which envisages deduction of Rs.5000/‑ and refund of the remaining amount to the allotee of the flat or plot in sector I‑15, Islamabad.

However, the same has not been applied with retrospective effect and those who were refunded after deduction of 10 percent, prior to the approval of the policy were ignored.

The Wafaqi Mohtasib in his judgment said that those who were given offers of plots or flats only and not the allotment letters were also entitled to get the benefit of February 2008 refund policy.

The CDA should move another summary to the Board of Directors to include all those who got refund prior to the approval of February 8th, 2008 summary and refund the remaining amount to them.

 

 

     

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