CAA urged on land compensation in runway area.
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Residents of Balach urged on Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) high ups for compensating them for their land if they were not allowed for construction of houses. A meeting was held at Balach under the chair of ACO retired Miftahuddin which was attended by a large number of land owners of land near runway of Chitral Airport. Fazal Rahim Advocate of PML-N, Muhammad Hakeem Advocate General Secretary of PPP Azmat Esa advocate retired public prosecutor and other said that there was no CAA Act until 1997-98. They said that CAA not allowing any body for construction upto 750 feet from middle of runway at that time. But they have issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) to government grain godown (warehouse), vocational institute within the same distance but now they worrying local people and not allow them for construction of their houses. Zafar Ahmad a bank manager said that I was barred from construction while my land is situated 1500 feet from runway. Local people said that Deputy Commissioner Chitral Rahmatullah Wazir constructing his house but he was allowed by local court and CAA harassing him by media trail unnecessarily. They alleged CAA for not following uniform policy because some building were constructed but they stop some people to do such.
They said that population area is more protected than an barren land because in populated area nobody can dare for any terrorism activity. There is acute shortage of plan land in Chitral but CAA not allowing local people for construction nor they purchase this land on market rate to acquire it by fencing around it. They said that CAA should to acquire this land and to keep it preserve in case of extension of airport in future. It is worth to mention here that CAA Act extended at Chitral on March 25, 1998 but after implementation of that Act (law) in Chitral some government buildings were constructed in runway area. Local people revealed that local court issued decree in favor of owner of land conditionally that CAA should pay them according to market rate with 15% compensation of construction within one year but CAA kept silent and did nothing within prescribed period of time and the decree matured. Residents of Balach demanded from high ups of CAA for allowing them construction of residential houses or compensate them according to prevailing market rate to enable them to shift at some other place. When CAA contacted by this scribe a staff member of CAA told that we have already displayed notice boards regarding prohibiting of construction within 750 feet from center of runway and some houses are very close to runway.
G.H. Farooqi C/O Manager bank Islami Main branch Chitral phone No 0943-320737, 0943-316052, 0943-414418 , 03025989602, 03337069572, 03159698446, 03469002167