Bahria Town has increased its offer to Rs485 billion to settle the cases before the Supreme Court. Bahria Town submitted its last and final proposal before the Supreme Court to settle the three cases against its projects in Malir, Rawalpindi and Murree.
Bahria Town has offered Rs440bn for the 16,896-acre Malir project situated at Karachi Superhighway, whereas Rs22bn will be given for 5,472 kanals at Takht Pari Rakh (Rawalpindi) and Rs23bn for the 4,542 kanals of Sulkhtar and Manga land (Murree).
A three member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had asked Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, the council for Bahria Town, to consider increasing their offer further when the developer had proposed Rs450 billion for all the three projectsat the previous hearing on March 6.
The Supreme Court bench is hearing the implementation of its May 4, 2018 judgment in which it was held that the grant of land to the Malir Development Authority by the Sindh government, its exchange with the land of Bahria Town and anything done under the provisions of Colonisation of Government Land Act 1912 (COGLA) by the Sindh government was illegal and of no legal existence.
The land was granted for launching incremental housing scheme, but the MDA instead of launching the scheme exchanged it with Bahria Town facilitating it to launch a scheme of its own, the judgment said.
In the fresh proposal, the biggest private land developer of this country clarified that the total Rs485 billion will include fees, charges, duties, taxes on land price, regularisation fee for full and final settlement of all the three projects.
The offer also includes certain terms and conditions for payment related to the 16,896-acre Malir project. According to the proposal, the developer will make a down payment of Rs20 billion commencing six months from the finalisation of the proposal reminding that Rs10.75 billion has already been deposited with the apex court in addition to Rs4.7 billion to the Sindh government.
This Rs15.47 billion should be adjusted against Rs20 billion, the proposal stated, adding that six months period was necessary to reinstate the trust and confidence of the investors and reorganizing the inflow of the pending instalments from the allottees.
During the six months, 30 per cent of the sale proceeds collected or deposited in the Bahria Town accounts related to the project land will be deposited everyday by the developer in the accounts designated by the Supreme Court.
The proposal maintains that the remaining Rs420bn will be paid during the next eight years in monthly instalments, explaining that an average monthly installment of Rs2 billion will be paid during the initial five years and average monthly installment of Rs8.33 billion during the subsequent three years.
Moreover, it added, the land in possession of Bahria Town would also stand transferred to it as an owner with immediate effect.
Similarly, all the ongoing enquiries, investigations by all agencies including the Federal Investigation Agency, NAB, Federal Board of Revenue, anti-corruption department will also be directed to be ceased and these agencies will be refrained from proceeding further in such investigations for all times to come.
The proposal stated that the Supreme Court would also pass an appropriate order that this arrangement would ensure that no loss, financial or otherwise, had been caused to the Sindh and the Punjab governments or any authority, departments of the federal as well as the provincial governments, it suggested. The same terms and conditions will also apply to the other two projects, the proposal added.
The Supreme Court bench has reserved the decision on this proposal. The decision will be announced later.
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17 August, 2019