Traders and locals have rejected the new ‘outdated grant lease properties conversion policy’ introduced by Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards and introduced to start out a protest motion.
They additionally demanded to amend the Cantonment Act 1924 concerning the decision of issues dealing with the residents in cantonment areas.
The cantonment boards have served ultimate notices to allottees to get their industrial and residential properties regularised by December 31, in any other case, their lease would stand cancelled.
The cantonment boards have levied heavy taxes and payment beneath the new policy for the regularisation of properties and warned of a crackdown from the new yr within the case of non-compliance.
Citizen Forum Cantonment Secretary-General Aziz Ahmed, Anjuman Tajiran Westridge Bazaar President Mir Zaman and different merchants mentioned residential that the payment for the regularisation of 1 marla plot had been mounted at round Rs2 million.
They mentioned the regularisation payment for an entire home had been saved between Rs8 million to Rs30 million which they may not afford.
The merchants mentioned that the president and the prime minister have already termed the policy improper but it surely was being forcibly imposed on them.
They mentioned that the Supreme Court had already declared that the individuals who migrated from India after partition and acquired properties didn’t fall within the class of outdated grant lease properties conversion policy.
They mentioned that each one residents and shopkeepers in Gawalmandi, Lal Kurti, Westridge and Saddar had been issued purple notices with a requirement of excessive payment for the common lease of properties.
They termed the transfer unjustified and merciless and introduced to not settle for it at any prices. They mentioned there could be a giant protest if the cantonment boards’ administrations forcibly tried to impose the new regulation.
The merchants additionally introduced a protest word to PTI-MNA Amir Mahmood Kayani. The lawmaker assured the merchants that he’ll take up the matter within the federal cupboard and within the parliament.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2021.