KARACHI: Director General National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sindh Lt Col Siraj-ul-Naeem on Tuesday said NAB had retrieved 23, 000 acres land worth Rs1.4 trillion in various areas of Sindh from land-grabbers.
“In future, the land would be given through open auction,” said NAB’s director general while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Transparency in Construction Industry’ organised by Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) here at ABAD House.
Chairman ABAD Muhammad Hanif Gohar, Senior Vice Chairman Muhammad Arif Jeva, Acting Director General Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Mumtaz Haider, Senior Member of Sindh Board of Revenue Muhammad Waseem, Managing Director Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) Misbahuddin Farid, Director General Lyari Development Authority Agha Masood Abbas, In-charge Research & Publications and Media Coordinator ABAD Shahnawaz Muhammed Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion.
NAB director general declared the construction industry as the mother industry and appreciated the role of ABAD in promoting of this industry.
He said the NAB had been making it best efforts for eliminating corruption in the departments/agencies dealing with construction industry in the country. With the end of corruption in these departments, at least 30 percent cost of housing units would come down and become affordable for middle class people to have their own house.
Siraj-ul-Naeem said that with ban over allotment of land, the interests of third party would end which would help resolve 80 percent issues relating to land.
All pending cases from 2011 to 2014 were decided and this year 70 cases of corruption were registered which were three times more than those of last year. By end of the year, he continued, the number might reach one hundred.