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Massive violations of building bylaws detected in capital.

Byline: Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD -- A survey of commercial buildings carried out by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has pointed out massive violations of building bylaws.

The civic agency's building control directorate-I completed the compilation of data regarding commercial buildings including those in Blue Area, marakiz and Class-III shopping centres in urban areas.

Sources said the survey was related to buildings which were located on allotted and auctioned plots while the civic agency had no record of commercial buildings in the fast growing rural areas.

'In line with the instructions of the CDA management, a survey was conducted by the staff of the building control directorate-I and inspectors of the respective areas. During the survey data regarding all commercial buildings of Blue Area, marakiz and class-III markets was collected and compiled,' said a statement.

In the light of the data, the building control section will serve notices on owners of the premises for violations of the bylaws. Notices would also be served on the owners of buildings who have not yet obtained completion certificates from the authority.'

It said the survey indicated that building plans of some commercial buildings were not approved by the authority. Therefore, it has been decided that notices would be issued to the owners of such buildings. Similarly, it was observed that some building owners had made violations after issuance of completion certificates. Therefore, notices would be served on owners of such premises, the statement said.

However, sources said during the survey it was pointed out that a large number of building owners had made violation of building plans while almost all high-rise buildings were being operated without getting completion certificates - a prerequisite to occupy a building.

Director Building Control Faisal Naeem said the survey had been completed and soon the market-wise data would be finalised to determine the actual violations.

'We will ensure implementation of the building bylaws,' he said.

The statement issued by CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali said prior to the survey there was no consolidated data of commercial buildings with the building control directorate-I, resulting in violations of building bylaws, non-obtaining of completion certificates and non-submission of building plans to the authority. He said lack of data was ultimately affecting the revenue generation and building symmetry in the city.

'As the data has been compiled, action against violations would be taken,' he said.

According to CDA Ordinance 1960, the civic agency is supposed to regulate buildings in entire Islamabad. But the authority kept itself restricted to urban areas that resulted in the mushroom growth of unauthorised buildings in rural areas.

Until 2017, the CDA did not make any serious attempt to regulate housing societies. However, in 2017, it formed a separate directorate of building control-II which is currently dealing with buildings in housing societies.

However, there is still no mechanism to regulate buildings in the rural areas.

The CDA spokesperson said the fate of the already constructed unauthorised commercial buildings would be decided by a commission formed by the federal government to review the master plan of Islamabad.

'After revision of the master plan, we will move towards the buildings in rural areas,' he said.
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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 31, 2019
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