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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.

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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.

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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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