Owners Of Land Acquired By CDA To Get Compensation Under Present Market Value
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday decided 35 identical petitions seeking compensations for thousands of people whose inherited lands had been acquired for the development of residential sectors in the federal capital.
In the landmark judgment, Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had misused its powers of acquiring land from villagers to develop sectors mainly for the elite class. On the other hand, the affected villagers were still running from pillar to post to get compensation for their inherited land.
Some of the petitions had been pending for more than ten years. The court ruled that the affected landowners should be compensated based on the current market worth of their property. It also ordered the federal government to develop a uniform land compensation policy for residential construction.
The judgment emphasized discrimination since civic institutions had neglected to pay around 11,000 impacted villages for decades. “A considerable number of plots were given at throwaway rates to CDA personnel over the same period, including individuals who had served as chairman and members of the Board,” the order said.
Plots in open spaces and green areas in the most sought-after developed districts were constructed for them, according to Justice Minallah. Plots were also given to public officials from specific categories, such as journalists and attorneys, at far cheaper prices than the market rate.
Following the seizure of villagers’ land, a considerable number of plots were transferred to agency employees at low rates. The properties were also said to be among the most desired developed neighborhoods. In addition, 23,844 plots were granted to agency employees, while 7,127 plots were provided to other privileged groups for a minimal charge.
According to court documents, the CDA has acquired 304.62 square kilometers of land, including 158 built-up property awards and 527 land acquisition awards. The entire amount owed for land acquisition was PKR 8.0224 billion, with some payments previously made.
The due amount was also connected to awards dated December 2, 2008, and January 15, 2009, according to the court. The CDA has awarded 10,739 plots in sectors F-12 and G-12 for land purchase.