Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) recently unveiled its new parameters for regularising high-rise buildings in sector E-11, a news source reported. As per the publication, the development authority’s officials revealed that they had notified these new developmental stipulations in the Gazette of Pakistan through a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO).
According to the information available, there are more than 50 high-rise buildings in the sector. However, a few years ago, the CDA halted all construction activities in E-11 until further notice.
In the SRO issued, the CDA stated that hundreds of projects were executed in the capital city due to a lack of enforcement. The statement added that the court had passed several rulings for taking immediate steps for providing relief to the residents of these projects. As per the SRO, several multi-storey housing projects in E-11 did not possess the requisite approvals from the CDA.
According to the details in the SRO, the CDA will regularise the high-rise structures in E-11 after receiving the compoundable and non-compoundable charges from the respective developers. These charges will be subject to the health and safety evaluation study completed by the consultants concerned.
The CDA has asked developers to ensure the implementation of applicable environmental laws in these buildings. Additionally, it has asked for them to also provide infrastructure, amenities, parking, circulation of traffic, and open spaces by sharing the costs for these facilities amongst themselves.
The civic body revealed that the latest traffic, urban regeneration, and environmental impact studies would help in the regularisation of E-11. The SRO stated that the CDA would regularise buildings meeting the criteria of the amendments in the Zoning Control Policy 2007, and that it would support the traffic and environmental impact studies by imposing fees and penalties on developers involved in illegal developments.
CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali said that this was a bold development as it would help resolve the issues of the sector amicably. He added that buildings that met CDA’s criteria would become regularised. He also revealed that an environmental study and traffic impact would be the main criteria under consideration for this purpose.