ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) told a parliamentary committee that around 5,500 actres piece of land at Margalla Hills where Monal Restaurant was built was allocated to Pakistan Army.
CDA made this revelation through its Member Planing Dr. Shahid Mahmood before National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change. The CDA official said Monal Restaruant was built on military grasslands until the army claimed it. He expressed thier views while appearing before National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change. He said it was one and a half decade old matter and the CDA was not aware about it that whether this piece of land belonged to army.
He briefed the committee that the entire land where Margalla Hills National Park is actually was owned by Punjab government and it was around 22, 5000 acres of land.
“5,500 acres out of 22,000 were allocated to Pakistan Army but the exact year of allocation was not mentioned anywhere,” said the official.
He said 16,500 acres piece of land was now under the control of Capital Development Authority (CDA).
However, the restaurant was built at the piece of land that was allocated to Pakistan Army in 2005. According to the CDA, the land was given to the restaurant on lease for 10 years and now it was being vacated and handed over to army.
The Standing Committee on Climate change, however, was interested in knowing that how the land was allocated to the restaurat inside the national park. At this, the CDA official said that several inquiries were conducted as who was allowed construction of restaurant at this land.
“No one was held accountable in all inquiries,” said Dr. Mahmood, adding that he may present the decision of the CDA before the committee members. On it, the committee chairman noded in positive saying that complete information about construction of Monal Restaurant on protected land shouuld be shared.