Islamabad: A parliamentary committee came down hard on Capital Development Authority (CDA) for imposing a ban on utility connections for houses built on private land.
It directed the utility service providers to issue new connections in areas where their network is already available.
The Senate Standing Committee on Interior, which met with Raja Khurram Nawaz in the chair, got a briefing from Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) and the CDA on the status of electricity connections.
On the basis of a 2004 decision of the federal cabinet and a court order, the CDA a few years ago had requested Iesco and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) not to provide any new connections without a non-objection certificate (NOC) from the civic agency.
The committee showed concerns over the widespread use of ice in universities, colleges and schools.
In this connection, the members decided to hold a separate meeting with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Industries, Pakistan Customs, Ministry of Narcotics, police and the chief secretaries of provinces.
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