LAHORE, Pakistan: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday said a model was being made for regularisation of Katchi Abadis situated at the railways land across the Country.
While 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 in Lahore, 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.
Saad Rafique 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 Abadis had been established before March 23, 1985, out of which 107 are situated in Punjab, 80 in Sindh and 20 Katchi Abadis are situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
After March 1985, about 25 Katchi Abadis had been made in Punjab, 29 in Sindh and one Katchi Abadi was established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Members National Assembly Muhammad 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.