Jinnah Garden Housing Scheme management body election to be held after IHC decision: Senate told

ISLAMABAD:Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Talal Chaudhary Tuesday informed the Senate that the election for the management committee of Jinnah Garden Housing Scheme would be held soon after the decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Replying to a question in the House, the minister said the schedule was announced to hold the elections of the society on August 31, 2017 but the process was stopped as private parties had challenged it in the Civil Court Islamabad and Islamabad High Court Islamabad vide writ petitions 2867/2017 and 3021/2017 & CM 3859/ 2017 in writ petition 2920/2017.

He said after the decision of the cases, the election of the society was re-announced to be held on March 17, 2018 but the same was challenged in the IHC vide writ petition 325/2018, which was still sub judice. After decision of the petition, election would be held immediately, he added.

The minister said it was a fact that the number of allottees / members of Jinnah Garden Phase-I & Phase-II, who had cleared their dues, including cost of land as well as development charges during 2014, had not been given possession of their plots by the ex-management of the society. Land measuring about 1100 Kanals earmarked for its project Jinnah Garden Phase-II was shifted near Jinnah Garden Phase-I in front of Navel Anchorage and was cleared, he said.

He said Initial development work was started but, the managing committee of Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad was dissolved on June 29, 2017, after completion of its 3-year tenure. The administrator was appointed as per law, who was not competent to purchase land or execute development contract, he said.

He said the newly elected managing committee would complete development work and then hand over possession of plots to the members of the society.

He said the main cause of delay of possession of the plots to the members was the mismanagement of ex-managing committee and issuance of allotment letters to members without obtaining approval of the layout plan and developing the land. Legal action against the ex-managing committee was under process as per law, he said.