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81,000 square kilometers state-owned land digitized: Minister

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib has said that for the first time, digitalized cadastral mapping is being prepared; and under the initiative, 81,000 square kilometers state-owned land in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan has been digitized.

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While addressing a news conference along with the Special Assistant on CDA Affairs Ali Nawaz Awan in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Minister of State reiterated the government’s commitment to remove encroachments on state-owned land, and said that under the first phase of the cadastral mapping initiative, massive encroachments on state land worth Rs 5,500 billion have been detected across the Country.

Farrukh Habib said that in the light of this digital record, the government will take action against the land mafias and their facilitators.

Speaking on the occasion, the Special Assistant on CDA Affairs Ali Nawaz Awan said that mega projects worth billions of rupees are underway in the Federal Capital. He said that the special focus is being given to development projects in rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

Ali Nawaz Awan said that the encroachment mafia has occupied land worth Rs 500 billion in the Federal Capital and strong actions are being taken against these mafia. He said that a Rs 150 billion fine has so far been imposed against them.

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