Prime Minister Imran Khan has paid Rs. 1.2606 million to the Capital Development Authority (CDA), in order to regularize his Bani Gala residence. He has paid this amount for the scrutiny fee and on account of “without approval charges.”
CDA has regularized Khan’s residence under the new bylaws which the federal government approved in 2019.
Khan’s residence was built without permission, however, it did fall under “permissible area”, hence, could be regularized, informed CDA’s Deputy Director, Rahim Bangash. Mr. Bangash had issued the approval letter earlier this year in March. He confirmed the news by stating, “After charging regularization fee, we have regularized the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
“Imran Khan, through one of his private staffers, applied for regularization of his house,” revealed CDA officials. They further revealed that the premier was able to get his residence regularized by fulfilling each criterion. His house falls into the category of Zone IV, making construction permissible there, however, CDA did not have the right procedures in place which could deal with the area’s building plans, which led to unauthorized construction there.
The approval letter issued by Mr. Bangash reads “CDA is pleased to approve the building plans for the building be constructed on Khasra No. 1939, Khewat no, 960, Khatooni no, 1652,1654,1656,1658,1660 & 1674 Mouza Mohra Noor, Islamabad.”
Imran Khan’s house is regularized on a farmhouse pattern scheme, in which he is entitled to use 20 percent of the land for construction, sources revealed. It was further revealed that his house was a total of 11,371 square feet despite the fact that he could use 60 kanals. Apart from the premier’s house, many other houses were regularized as well.
Imran Khan was asked to provide missing information when he applied for regularization back in 2018. The process, however, was halted when some incomplete regulations came to light on CDA’s part.
Like other applicants, Prime Minister Imran Khan also submitted an affidavit to assure that he would be following the authority’s rules and regulations, as well as any coming decisions and policies in the future.