ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation has accelerated the pace of operation against illegal housing societies, shops and Cricket Academies.
In this connection, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation on Monday sealed an illegal Cricket Academy situated at Ninth Avenue. The operation was conducted by the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation officials with the help the local police.
According to sources, unauthorized and illegal construction was underway in the sector despite repeated warnings and instructions by the Islamabad administration. The authorities are now gearing up to vacate plots and government lands from the land grabbers.
Sources informed that a Diamond Cricket Academy is currently under occupation of a man, Shakil Shaikh, who also happens to be a member of the powerful governing body of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Sources alleged that Sheikh was not only receiving huge amounts by renting out the public cricket ground to various national and multinational organisations but was also receiving enormous amount of many per month as rent against the facility from the PCB.
Besides using this facility for their own clubs, the occupants are using the ground for commercial purposes by charging heavy fees from the youth, sources said. The city administration, which sealed the club, said the illegal academy would be demolished in three days.
According to citizens, action against illegal cricket academies by the district administration and the Metropolitan Corporation will not only discourage the occupation mafia but will also help promote cricket in Islamabad.