Drive against illegal housing schemes

LAHORE, Dec 11: The Lahore Development Authority on Monday launched an operation against illegally established housing societies and those unlawfully extending their areas and/or committing other violations of their scheme plans approved by the authorities concerned.

Starting from Multan Road, the LDA’s metropolitan and town planning wings stopped development works being carried out on an area illegally extended by River Edge Housing Scheme management.

The LDA has already lodged an FIR against the management of this scheme for violating the laws sometime ago at Chuhng police station, but no action was taken against it.

“The LDA took action against the scheme in order to safeguard the hard earned savings of intending buyers of plots there,” says an LDA spokesman.
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CDA seals six more houses

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority Tuesday sealed another six houses in sector F-6/1 in continuation of operation against non conforming use and violations of building by-laws in different residential sectors of Islamabad.

The directorates of Enforcement, Building Control and Magistrate CDA took apart in the operation. During the operation House No.49 located in Street 32 being used as boutique, showroom, House No 4 in Street 4 being used as art gallery, House No 15 situated at School Road being used as gym, House No. 41 in Street 38 housing office, House No 20 at 7th Avenue being used as furniture decor, House No 39 in Street 32 being used as boutique centre were sealed over non-conforming use and in violations of CDA by-laws. (APP) Continue reading

Building code must as capital falls on edge of fault zone

It is the responsibility of the concerned authorities to ensure implementation of building code in the federal capital, but people on their own should also take extreme care while constructing houses or buildings as Islamabad is on the south margin and leading edge of the Hazara fault zone.

The record showed that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) introduced the building code after devastating 2005 earthquake and special cell has been constituted to keep a check on new construction activities in the city. “People should realise the gravity of the situation and follow the building code that has been developed with the help of local and international experts,” an official said.

A research report stated that this zone consists of an arc of thrusted and folded rocks about 25 kilometres wide and 150 kilometres long that is convex to the south and extends west-south-westward away from the Himalayan syntaxes. “More than 20 individual thrust sheets have been identified across 25-kilometre-wide zone north of Islamabad. Some of the thrust faults are slightly oblique to the front of Margalla Hills,” the report said. Continue reading

Plea against conversion of two DHA roads allowed

KARACHI, Dec 11: The Sindh High Court has directed the Defence Housing Authority to restore two roads to their original position.

While allowing a petition on Dec 6 against conversion of Khayaban-e-Mujahid and Khayaban-e-Shamsheer into a single carriage road, a division bench of the SHC comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui ruled that if the changes in the master plan were required for public interest the same might be done in accordance with the law after following the procedure, taking all authorities concerned on board and giving a public hearing to all likely to be affected by such changes.

The conversion was made in glaring violation of the law while the action of the DHA’s governing body to implement such conversion without the consent of its executive board was an act which was not approved by the court, it added.

Earlier, area residents through Advocate Salman Hamid submitted that the conversion had paved way for heavy public and commercial vehicles to switch over to these roads.

They maintained that the DHA converted the roads without honouring the mandatory requirements of law and in violation of the master
plan. This conversion had not only hurt the privacy of the petitioners, but also the mandatory provision of law, they contended.

However, the counsel for the DHA submitted that the conversion was made in pursuant to a report of M/s Nespak to ease traffic jams at and around Khadda Market. Continue reading