ISLAMABAD: Members of the Adventure Foundation of Pakistan, have requested the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to evict the encroachers so that sports and outdoor activities could be held at the site. Various individuals and youth organizations are unable to avail camp facilities in the federal capital as the place has been converted into a hotel and restaurant.
CDA Directorate of Enforcement had issued a notice to the management to vacate the site, warning that the site had been allocated to the Adventure Foundation of Pakistan by the government in the 1990s for sports activities and the like but is being used illegally for running a hotel and restaurant.
However, the authority has failed to get it vacated even after issuing a notice to the encroachers.
Brigadier (Retd.) Akram of Adventure Foundation of Pakistan apprised that no creative or recreational activities are being planned for the youth over the last six years at the site which was meant to promote youth activities.
All members of the foundation including individuals, educational institutions, youth organizations etc. have stopped coming to the site, he added.
He said, besides local groups several international organizations and tourists use this place as a staging camp. However, due to managerial problems the national staging camp site has become a guest house.
He urged the authorities to get it vacated and return it to the Adventure Foundation of Pakistan.
The foundation is an open membership, non-commercial, private organization, registered under the social welfare ordinance, he said.
Dedicated to the promotion of outdoor activities for the youth an action oriented educational system had been introduced in the country by the foundation, he said.
He said the foundation was offering thrill sports and wilderness training courses to men and women.
The foundation had also started special courses for camp counsellors and wilderness guides at the foundation’s training schools and institutes, he said.
He said the foundation had organized camping and treking activities to suit all ages and situations under its adventure holiday schemes besides programmes for the handicapped.
Prior to the ownership issue the foundation had been offering facilities at the site including camping grounds, warehouses and transit camp accommodation besides equipment for planned activities, transportation, food and accommodation. -APP