Approximately 156 illegal housing societies have been set up in Peshawar, out of which 70% are built on agricultural land, threatening food security in the area. The valuable agricultural land in the city is fast being converted into housing schemes.
The Supreme Court has previously ruled that housing societies could not be established on agricultural land. Similarly, Prime Minister Imran Khan has also already directed the government not to establish any housing schemes on agricultural land.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has expressed anger over the establishment of illegal housing societies in the Peshawar district, and said that those responsible will face the consequences.
The Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) documents reveal that 156 illegal housing societies have been set up in the Peshawar District without any prior approval from the authority. The housing societies did not submit the required legal documents, they lack mosques, graveyard areas, and the green belts have been converted into residential plots.
According to PDA sources, with the definite involvement of some government departments and the police, the process of bargaining and shifting plots in these societies is still ongoing. PDA has sent several notices to the owners and developers to officially complete the registration process but they have not complied with the directives.
The PDA has approached the KP police to register an FIR against the owner of the illegal housing societies but they also have failed to take any action against the housing societies and so far, only two cases have been registered.