Islamabad:  A private housing society, allegedly in collusion with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Islamabad government, decreased the size of the natural stream in E-11/2 and changed the natural flow of the waterway, resulting in urban flooding following Wednesday’s heavy rain.

The zigzag nullah was seen approaching E-11 in satellite photos taken between 2002 and 2008. However, in 2010-12, the society in street number 2 straightened out the nullah when a mother and her kid drowned when pouring water entered their basement.

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After passing sectors D-12 and E-12, the nullah begins in the Margalla Hills. The breadth of this stream appears to be over 70 feet between D-12 and E-12, but it suddenly narrows to 15 to 18 feet as it reaches E-11. During heavy rain on Wednesday, a bottleneck in the stream formed, resulting in flooding.

The society, on the other hand, covered the nullah by creating a road and carving off residential and commercial plots along its bank to make millions of rupees. However, the involved government departments — the CDA and the office of the ICT Registrar Cooperative – took no significant steps to stop the unlawful building.

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According to a statement issued by the Planning Commission, the DC apprised participants of the meeting that most residential societies in E-11 have constructed illegal encroachments on storm water drains which are causing obstructions in the flow of rainwater. These societies have also carried out illegal construction on green belts and play parks, he added.

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