CDA Seals Nonconforming Buildings In I-11

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ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has sealed buildings that were constructed on four plots in I-11/4 in violation of CDA building by-laws.

A statement issued by the authority on Thursday said: “CDA has sealed plots No.03, 04, 05 and 06 in sector I-11/4 over nonconforming use. Action was taken by the building control section – I (BCS-I) with the assistance of ICT and concerned formation.”

The authority’s action came after Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the alleged violation of building codes and the nonconforming use of four commercial plots in I-11, and sought a report.

A source said that Secretary to the Prime Minister Azam Khan directed the CDA to furnish the report in a letter.

The letter, dated Sept 5, was received by the CDA a few days ago. It stated: “The prime minister has taken serious notice of viral contents on social media regarding illegal construction on plot number 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Khayaban-i-Sir Syed, sector I-11/4. Therefore, a detailed report should be submitted within 24 hours.”

According to CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali, the plots were allotted for warehouses. However, various businesses – including Habib Tarpal, Aftab Motors, Shinwari Hotels, a paint store and a juice shop – were operating there in violation of CDA building by-laws.

Mr Ali said: “These four plots were allotted to the Civil Aviation Authority for the establishment of warehouses. However, due to commercial activities on the said plots the building control section issued notices to remove violations within 15 days. After the deadline expired, BCS staff sealed the four plots.”

The building control section also sealed the office of a truck stand illegally established in a class three shopping centre in I-10/1.

The truck stand was set up on public parking, which is a violation of rules and affects the public. The offices were sealed after the building control section issued notices and the deadline given passed.

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