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$40b irregularities detected in 41 Rawalpindi housing projects: report

List includes Bahria Town, Kehkashan Town and PIA Housing Scheme

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Massive irregularities have been found in 41 private housing schemes of Rawalpindi, according to a report prepared by the auditor-general.

The report has uncovered irregularities of $40 billion.

It states a loss of more than $2.14 billion to the national exchequer due to illegal construction of buildings by these housing schemes.

Bahria Town has been identified as one of the 41 housing projects.

Related: Here’s a list of Islamabad housing societies being constructed without CDA’s approval

Construction has been illegally done over 3,026 kanal of land instead of the allotted 648 kanal, the report states.

The illegal approval of these housing projects has caused a loss of $1.49 billion, it says, adding that the housing projects have been given non-residential areas. These schemes have illegally encroached upon land meant for public spaces, graveyards and parks, the report said. 

Which housing projects were audited?

A total of 41 housing schemes have been audited by the Punjab government. It identified them as:

  1. Faisal Town Housing Scheme
  2. Commoners Sky Garden
  3. Northern Area Resident Cooperative Housing Society
  4. Pakistan Overseas Housing Scheme
  5. Fizaia Housing Scheme
  6. T&T Housing Society
  7. Railway Employees Cooperative Housing Society
  8. Bostan Avenue Housing Society
  9. Ternol Housing Society
  10. Khudad City Housing Society
  11. Top City Housing Society
  12. Clifton Town
  13. Bahria Town Phase VIII
  14. Foreign Office Employees Housing Scheme
  15. Municipal Corporation Housing Scheme
  16. Safari Villas I Housing Scheme
  17. Doctor’s Town
  18. Central Board of Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
  19. Sonobar City Housing Scheme
  20. PIA Housing Scheme
  21. PARC Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
  22. Safari Villa II Housing Scheme
  23. Kehkashan Town
  24. Garden Villas Housing Scheme
  25. Bahria Paradise Housing Scheme
  26. Rabia Bungalows Village
  27. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Employees Housing Society
  28. Judicial Housing Scheme
  29. Gulshan-e-Abad Housing Society
  30. Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
  31. Up-Country Housing Scheme
  32. Kohsaar Housing Scheme
  33. East Ridge Housing Scheme
  34. Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Scheme
  35. Gulshan-e-Fatima Housing Scheme
  36. Mumtaz City Housing Scheme
  37. Al-Shifa Housing Scheme
  38. Bahria Town Phase I,II and III
  39. University Town Housing Scheme
  40. Army Welfare Housing Scheme Rawalpindi
  41. Agosh Housing Scheme Rawalpindi

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