Katchi Abadis at railways land being regularised: Saad

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LAHORE, Sept 7 (APP): Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said a model is being made for regularisation of Katchi Abadis situated at the railways land across the country.

Giving a briefing about Katchi Abadis to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways meeting presided over by MNA Dr Nisar Ahmad Jutt held at the PR Headquarters here on Thursday, he said Katchi Abadis were not only an issue of

the state land but it was also an issue of human settlements so it was decided to put the purposed model for regularisation of katchi Abadis before the Senate Standing Committee on Railways besides the NA Standing Committee.

The minister directed the PR administration to present digital data report on Katchi Abadis in the next meeting.

He directed to form such  model which should not be painful for the public and which could also save the PR from legal issues.

The standing Committee was informed that land was also required for upgradation of Main Line‑1, Main Line‑2 and Main Line‑3 under the CPEC projects in future.

The members of the standing committee directed the PR administration to inform about needs of the PR for next 25 to 50 years.

It was informed by the PR administration that 188 Katchi Abadies had been established before March 23, 1985, out of which 107 are situated in Punjab, 80 in Sindh and 20 Katchi Abadies are situated in the KPK .

After March, 1985, about 25 Katchi Abadis had been made in Punjab, 29 in Sindh and one katchi Abadi was established in the KPK.

Members National Assembly M Riaz Malik, Sardar Irfan Dogar, Mohtarma Philis Azeem, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Engineer Hamid ul Haq Khalil and Amjad Ali Khan attended the meeting.

PR Advisor Anjum Pervaiz, PR CEO Javed Anwar and heads of different sections of the railways were also present in the meeting.APP/msh/asm