RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on Sunday demolished a site office and four booking offices of illegal housing schemes as the developers had started sale and purchase of plots there before getting approval for the societies from the civic body.
Teams of the RDA’s Metropolitan Planning and Traffic Engineering (MP&TE) branch carried out the operation against the illegal housing schemes namely Al-Haram City Phase-II Danyal Block, Khan Village on Chakri Road Rawalpindi, Bank Colony Phase-II, Green View and Al-Madina Town on Dhamial Road.
The teams also dismantled signboards, development work and power poles of these housing schemes in addition to that of Al-Jannat Garden and Chinar Valley.
RDA spokesman Mohammad Irfan said that earlier notices were issued to the owners of these illegal schemes under the Punjab Private Housing Schemes and Land Subdivision Rules 2010, but the developers and owners did not stop work.
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He said that the owners of these properties had been running site offices of illegal housing schemes in violation of the rules.
The RDA has advised the citizens not to make investment in any housing scheme whose status had been declared illegal by the authority. He said that the RDA website could be checked for the legal status of societies in Rawalpindi.
The spokesman said that RDA Chairman Arif Abbasi had directed for taking strict action against illegal housing schemes, construction of booking and site offices and encroachments.
Meanwhile, the RDA sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the city police officer (CPO) for construction of a pedestrian bridge on the Airport Road along Noor Khan Airbase.
In a letter to the CPO, RDA chief engineer said that the Airport Road had recently been improved from Nur Khan Airbase Chowk to Karal Chowk, which had caused increase in the average speed of vehicles.
He stated that hundreds of pedestrians crossed the road daily through heavy traffic on this road due to insufficient number of pedestrian bridges. He mentioned that a number of accidents had occurred because of the people crossing the six-lane Airport Road.