Rawalpindi: The divisional administration has approached the Ministry of Communication to impose a ban on the entry and exit points on motorways of private housing societies in the four districts of Rawalpindi, according to a news story published on April 27.
A senior official of the administration (whose name was not disclosed) mentioned that there are 318 illegal private housing societies in Rawalpindi, 98 in Attock, and 12 in Chakwal. As per the details, the provincial government has issued directives to preserve green areas and agricultural land. Under the directives, the master planning of the districts will be started and no housing society will be approved until the site development for residential purposes is notified under the Punjab Local Government Land Use Plan Rules 2020.
Moreover, the senior official disclosed that the ministry was requested not to accept any application of housing societies seeking entry and exit points to Peshawar-Islamabad (M-1) and Islamabad-Lahore (M-2) motorways. Also, if any such permission is granted to the housing societies by the National Highway Authority (NHA) executive board, it will be cancelled. This is because if this trend continues, the motorways will be transformed into a local intra-city artery, which will negatively impact the smooth flow of traffic.