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CDA's planning wing to ensure illegal construction is halted.

ISLAMABAD -- The planning wing of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has asked the Enforcement Directorate to ensure that unauthorised construction is halted in the capital city so that a commission tasked with revising the master plan of the city can make better policies regarding the existing unauthorised constructions.

'On the direction of the commission formed by the federal government, we have directed the enforcement directorate to ensure no new unauthorised building is constructed anywhere in Islamabad,' CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali said.

He explained that buildings and houses can be constructed in CDA's planned sectors or other legitimate areas after getting building plans approved from the civic agency.

Decision was taken to help commission revising master plan make better policies

Currently, CDA only deals with the building plans for the urban areas and has no mechanism to deal with those for the rural areas.

Last month, the commission expressed concern regarding the unauthorised construction in rural areas of the capital city.

Commission members were of the view that there is need for full implementation of the ban on unauthorised construction in the capital city for making the revision process effective.

In light of the commission's decision, CDA is also in the process of engaging Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission to get satellite images of the city to check the existing buildings.

Due to oversight by the civic agency, the capital city is currently dotted with thousands of unauthorised buildings, particularly in un-acquired areas.

There are many unauthorised buildings in urban areas as well including H-13, G-12 and E-11 as CDA never made an attempt to implement its bylaws other than in some of the sectors.

Even many commercial buildings on main roads including in Bhara Kahu on Murree Road and Lehtrar Road do not have approval. These buildings do not have parking spaces, which leads to traffic congestion on these thoroughfares.

'I cannot comment on past mistakes but we are now focusing on the revision of the master plan of the capital city in accordance with current needs,' a CDA spokesperson said, adding that the master plan should have been revised in 1980 but successive governments did not pay attention to the issue.

The 12-member commission is supposed to complete its task in six months but officials of the civic agency said completing the task may take more time.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 9, 2019
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