PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Mohibullah Khan has said that a law is being drafted that would prevent the construction of housing societies on agricultural lands.

Mohibullah Khan said “We have launched a project called Agri-Cultural Emergency in which all these factors are being reviewed.” He added that it has been made mandatory for housing societies to take over the Non-Objection certificates from government and are taking action against illegal societies.

“We will only allow houses to be built on land that is not cultivable,” He claimed. The minister, however, complained about the ever increasing population. He said that In 1998 the province had a population of over one crore and today it is close to 40 million. He said that it is now the job of the Population control Department to act.

In January, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has declared it mandatory to obtain the Objection Certificate (NOC) for establishing a housing society, but illegal colonies, plazas and housing societies are still being constructed.

Provincial Minister for local government Kamran Bangash says notices have been sent to 118 illegal construction companies, while letters have been sent to around 80 different police stations for filing an FIR against illegal housing societies within their boundaries. Please.

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