ISLAMABAD: The federal government is reportedly shedding round Rs44 million resulting from an ongoing authorized battle between the capital administration’s fisheries division and a personal agency over Rawal Lake business fishing rights.
The licence had expired earlier in June.
An official within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration’s Fisheries Division advised the media on Tuesday that Younas Enterprises had gained the contract for fishing within the lake for 2 years for Rs44 million by means of an open public sale in December 2016. The administration and the contractor agreed that the latter will repay the sum of the licence in 4 equal instalments of Rs11 million every over the length of the contract, aside from paying different relevant taxes.
The contract was purported to expire in 2018, nonetheless, after mass demise of fish within the lake in 2017, the deputy commissioner’s workplace was requested to arbitrate the contract and the corporate was allowed to proceed fishing for one more 12 months as compensation, topic to the principles and rules. Nevertheless, the official mentioned that the arbitration couldn’t be regularised by a court docket due to time restrictions and the extension for the contractor couldn’t be formalised.
Throughout this time, the corporate paid three of the instalments however defaulted on paying the final tranche within the stipulated interval.
The official mentioned the division lastly terminated the corporate’ contract in June this 12 months however they continued their fishing actions. Consequently, the fisheries division imposed a high-quality of Rs20 million on the contractor for illegal fishing.
The contractor, nonetheless, challenged the termination of the contract in a civil court docket and obtained a keep order which remained in impact till July 23, 2019.
With the licence cancelled and the keep from a court docket vacated, the division just lately carried out an operation within the lake towards unlawful fishing and confiscated the boats, fishing rods and different gear of the corporate.
The official mentioned the contractor reacted to this by lodging a First Data Report (FIR) towards officers of the fisheries division for allegedly stealing their fishing gear.
“Our staffers at the moment are afraid of visiting the realm after the FIR was registered towards them,” the official mentioned.
To a query concerning the high-quality imposed, the official mentioned that they have been within the means of recovering the high-quality imposed, including that the division hopes to boost round Rs60 million if the contract is auctioned anew.
Bahadur Sher Afridi from the contracting firm mentioned that they suffered losses value an estimated Rs130 million as a result of mass fish deaths in 2017. He blamed the demise of fish on the poisoning of the lake’s waters by locals.
The ICT administration, he claimed, had fashioned a committee to redress their grievances and it agreed to increase the contract for one more 12 months in lieu of the compensation awarded by the deputy commissioner’s workplace.
Afridi added that with permission from the fishing division, they’d reared some fish within the lake however their contract was abruptly terminated in June.
In the meantime, locals have approached the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan over the continual, allegedly unlawful fishing in Rawal Lake, by the contractor regardless of the expiry of his contract. They contended that the follow was being carried out in connivance with the division involved.
Locals additionally blamed the mass demise of fish just a few years in the past on the over-fish ‘seeding’ n the lake which diminished the oxygen ranges within the water, ensuing within the useless fish. Additionally they refuted the contractor’s accusation of poisoning water.
Raja Mudassar, who is likely one of the petitioners, mentioned they’d withdrawn the petition after the Fisheries Division assured the court docket that fishing is not going to be allowed within the lake by anybody and not using a authorized allow.
He, nonetheless, blamed the division for confiscating their sight-seeing boats throughout over the previous two months which affected their day by day incomes at Lake View Park.