Islamabad has become dirtier than Karachi and Lahore, said the Supreme Court on Thursday.
The apex court’s two-judge bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, was hearing the Bani Gala encroachment case. The bench was displeased with Capital Development Authority Chairperson Amir Ali Ahmed over the sanitation situation in the federal capital.
“CDA has turned the Rawal Dam into a gutter. Islamabad has grown dirtier than Karachi and Lahore,” said Justice Gulzar. “The civic agency is exclusively concerned about recreational points for the elite class.”
Justice Gulzar said the Rawal Dam is a resort for the poor.
“I previously believed that the land grabbing mafia exists in Karachi alone, but the cancer has already set roots in Islamabad,” he said, reprimanding the CDA chief. “You must have got a plot. Now, quit your position,” Justice Gulzar remarked.
“Why are you still working on your position if the judicial order hasn’t been executed?” he asked.
The court asked the CDA chief to visit areas adjacent to the new airport. The court told him that narrow and unpaved streets have appeared there. “What is the purpose of CDA if this is happening?” the court asked.
“Have you been appointed to build slums in the city?” he asked. Dumps of rubbish have dotted all sectors in the federal capital, he pointed out.
I will go around and inspect every single street in the federal capital, said Justice Gulzar. The court directed the CDA chairperson to abolish all illegal allotments. He was also directed to select a dumping site to dispose off the city’s litter within a month.
The court will get every single illegal structure in Islamabad razed, the bench said and directed to regularise all constructions wherever possible. The court adjourned the hearing for a month.