Much controversy revolves around demolishing of slums in the Islamabad Capital Territory. Many think it is the right move, while there are those who oppose the action based on reasons involving humanity. Common sense and national integrity would dictate removal of illegal occupants and immigrants, however, many would argue alternative measures. While eviction may not be the only solution to the problem, it is still a predominant notion among masses that they slums in Islamabad Capital Territory be removed, at least from the main city.
In a latest development, a total of 42 slums in Islamabad Capital Territory are to be removed. The said slums have been divided into four categories and in order to tackle the situation a four-phase operation will be launched to evict illegal settlers. The division responsible for the eviction was created in consultation with law-enforcement agencies. The operation is to be large-scale given the quantity of slums and therefore it has been divided into four stages. The following four categories were devised for the operation:
- Located in Acquired Areas (8 slums)
- Located in Partially Acquired Areas (5 slums)
- Located in Acquired Areas (18 slums) and
- Located in Rural Areas (11 slums)
A consequence of the operation could mean the illegal settlers moving to other sectors of the Capital and therefore the police advised the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to maintain surveillance at several sites including but not limited to G-9/1, G-9/3, G-9/4, G-10, G-11, F-10 and F-11. The slums, as mentioned earlier, will be targeted in four different phases as follows:
- Phase-1: Green Belt I-10/3, H-10/4, Street 17 of I-10/4, F-6/1-4, and areas behind NUST and Bari Imam.
- Phase-2: Chak Shehzad (PIA), Chak Shehzad (PIA) Pona Faqiran, Dhoke Pathan-Chamber Road Abadi, Dhoke Pathan-Dhoke Pathan Sihala, Khanna Pul, New Shakrial Katchi Abadi, Shams Colony Bhangra Road Rawat, Sumbal Korak Town-Junejo Colony, Sumal Korak Town-Mohriyan, Sumal Korak Town-NIH Colony, and Sumal Korak Town as a whole.
- Phase-3: F-11, G-12, F-12, E-12 and I-11/2.
- Phase-4: G-7/1, G-7/2 66 Quarters, G-7/3-2, and F-6/2.
According to an astonishing finding, authorities such as Sui Gas and NADRA have been providing utility services to these dwellings. Which makes no sense in light of the fact that Pakistan is already suffering from energy crisis. For those who have been rooting for the slums in Islamabad Capital Territory, it was advised to CDA that the elders of the slums be convinced to move out of their own accord before commencement of any eviction operation. In an attempt to quash permanent residence to the illegal dwellers, NADRA will be advised to stop issuance of National Identity Cards, while Sui Gas and WAPDA will be asked to withdraw utilities.
Many think this a major step towards eradication of drug, beggar, and terror mafias. But there are counter arguments for absolutely everything in this world, and we would like to hear both in the comments below. If you think this the right move by the government and CDA let us know, and if you think otherwise, take a moment to propose alternatives.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.