Why only Bahria is being highlighted??? When there are tons of housing schemes being developed in Zone 4, one even bigger than the Bahria Enclave! They aren't developed by elites like Riaz but normal people with as low as 10 Kanals of land...
Schemes like Margalla Town, Rawal Town, Shehzad Town, Farash Town are 100% developed even, why were they not made a point of spectacle for the whole nation to see? Take Park Enclave, a scheme just beside it, with almost 100% occupancy, exists without any worry... A whole array of apartment blocks are planned to be developed there in the near future too.
Not to mention now there is one being developed illegally on the land of my university! Our university people can't do anything so they just gave it up and built a wall around it... And so to speak there is no main road of any kind touching it, aside from a dirt track which can't be made a road due to cancelled projects' dug land (up to 2-3 stories deep) on its both sides...
When such schemes can flourish then why can't Bahria? Who can stop it? Not to mention the immensity of Malik Riaz's Bahria Town's influence in comparison to all others...
SC might be an option, but from past experiences, all the developed schemes mentioned before have a track record with SC but they were nevertheless allowed to exist to curb the deficiency of housing schemes in the capital.
Umair it would be great if you go to the two site someday and get us some pix of the site.
In my view Bahria Town is in the spotlight these days as it is the only developer who proposed a residential community closest to CDA's Park Enclave, and this project was launched as soon as PM inaugurated it. Now there is always a curosity amongst everyone, wether its the media, the investors or the commoners that which development is going to be better in terms of their civic ammenities and utilities, and where should be money invested.
Malik Riaz is real estate giant and any news that is published related to him will definitely go on the national level. Although I agree with you that Zone IV & Zone V, due to small squatter settlement or even the so called planned developments has not turned out to be a desirely living space for everyone. Allegations against most of these small scaled developers may have reported several times in the local newspaper, but due to the size of invesment, and the scale of development that they have done has not affected people on large.
Now everyone is really concerned, like stated in the news report earlier, that a billion rupees of hundereds of investor might be at stake just because Bahria, a well reputed real estate developer, has taken a un-ethical route to compete with CDA. If only there was a legal way adopted, which is the right process of getting your development approved, then people would have not critized it more and rather invested whole heartedly. As you said 'When such schemes can flourish then why can't Bahria?', it is actually the other way around. Developers like Bahria Town & DHA have actually triggered the illegal occupation of land in Zone II, IV & V since 2000 when they intiated huge housing sector inside and around Islamabad.
As far as the previous decission made by the Supreme Court is concerned, I would suggest that they shouldnt just leave the developers and their developments as they are for the sake of housing shortage, but bring an end to such un-ethical practice, injustice and land mafia. It is time to catch the bigger fish to make it lesson for all the others not to play around with the investors money. As mentioned by 'Kashmir' that these developers are not above the law, therefore we need to have a better system of justice now. If Lahore high-court can get rid of billion rupee illegal construction of excessive floors on each commercial plaza, then Bahria's strength and actions can easily be challenged.