Latest inquiry finds out Monal Restaurant built on CDA land

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stated that Monal Restaurant, a popular eatery in the protected Margalla Hills National Park, is built on its land. The CDA’s report said this area is part of Chackgaa in Saidpur village, which was acquired by the CDA in exchange for money paid to locals through a land award dated Feb 10, 1965.

In response to a query by the Kohsar police, CDA’s revenue directorate carried out demarcation that has confirmed that Monal and its adjoining areas – where more construction was recently attempted – belongs to the CDA.

During the demarcation and investigation, it was pointed out that there is a well in the area south of Monal that falls in Khasra No.2431 in Saidpur village, and some houses were also found that led to further scrutiny of CDA records.

The report said that north of this land, there is land belonging to the Reserved Forest, and land to the east and south belongs to GHQ’s Remount Veterinary and Farms Directorate.

The restaurant is CDA property, built by the authority in 2005-6 with its own resources and leased to a private party for 15 years. The lease agreement will expire next year.

Sources said the owner of the restaurant has been paying rent to both organisations for the last year because of the lack of clarity around the land’s ownership.

Source: Dawn