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MCI fails to recover over 120m fine.

Byline: Tahir Niaz

ISLAMABAD -- The Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad has failed to recover an amount of over 120 million rupees from different building owners under the head of fine , it has been learnt.

The owners of 53 buildings were issued challan receipts by the then Director E and DM, exercising his powers conferred vide section 6 and 9 of Islamabad Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulations 2010.

The defaulters however, did not deposit the imposed fine within the stipulated time frame and even after lapse of two years so far. The matter was then forwarded, following six reminders, to the Senior Special Magistrate CDA/Addl Collector of Recoveries for recovery as 'arrears of land revenue' as elaborated in section 5 of the regulations. The matter was further referred to Member (Estate) CDA and still awaits action.

The E and DM unit has now sought advice from Director (Revenue) CDA for recovery of outstanding dues expeditiously. A fine of Rs 3000 is imposed on the defaulters for each passing day under section 9 of the safety regulations-2010. According to the estimates, each of the 53 defaulters owes over two million rupees under the head of fine for delayed payment besides the real challan receipt which amounts to almost 120 million rupees.

In December, the E and DM Directorate had collected spot penalty from a high-rise building in the capital for failing to comply with the Islamabad Fire Prevention and Safety Regulations 2010. Bank Al-Falah, Stock Exchange Branch submitted an amount of Rs75,000 in terms of penalty payment on non-compliance of fire-fighting arrangements, including missing smoke detectors, control panels apart from fire alarm panels. According to the CDA officials, the department imposed millions of rupees in fines on high-rise buildings in the past, however, nothing had been recovered.

The E and DM unit has inspected over 1,300 high-rise buildings and warned them of violating fire-safety regulations since 2011. The directorate has been pleading with the land and estate wing to direct builders to obtain a no-objection certificate from E and DM for fire prevention, protection and life safety before any transfer of building to ensure the capital is disaster and fire free. According to the surveys, fire extinguishing devices and other fire safety tools are not installed and usually missing in buildings. Under the safety regulations, E and DM has the powers to vacate or seal any building or impose fine up to Rs500,000 if it finds any violation of Fire Prevention and Life Safety regulations.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jan 5, 2018
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