Commissioner rescinds land acquisition along aborted ring road

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ISLAMABAD: The Rawalpindi commissioner has revoked the entire process of the acquisition of land along the route of the aborted Rawalpindi Ring Road (R3) project and ordered the concerned revenue officials to recover the approximately Rs2.3 billion paid to the landowners.

In an “order” passed by the commissioner, a copy of which is available with The News, he wrote: “I, Gulzar Hussain Shah (PAS/BS-21), Commissioner, Rawalpindi Division, in exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 48(1) of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 [LAA] hereby withdraw from all land acquisition proceedings undertaken along the entire length of the illegally advertised [R3] alignment falling in [the] districts of Rawalpindi and Attock.” The order said that “for the purpose of determining the total recoverable amount for each district,para 13 of the special audit report [conducted by the Punjab directorate of audit on the direction of…

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