Sept 9 – Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has demolished around more than 20 under-construction properties at Chak Beli Road Rawalpindi. Those properties include around four site offices, and billboards of some illegal housing societies. RDA is now looking for each and every illegal project for demolishing. The Punjab Private Housing schemes and Land Subdivision Rules 2010, and Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976 clearly encourages strict action against illegal constructions. Such moves would be helpful in increasing the confidence of real estate investors in Rawalpindi
The Chairman of RDA Tariq Mehmood Murtaza had given strict orders to the Metropolitan Planning and Traffic Engineering (MP&TE) Executive RDA to launch operation against these illegal projects. Some RDA sources revealed that four illegal housing entities namely Ample Living, Turkish Smart City, Nishan-e-Mustafa, and The Countryside Farms were operating illegally at Chak Beli Road. Their illegal operation completely violate the city layout plan of the RDA authorities. The RDA authorities have also issued legal notice to the project owners, and halted their advertisements.
A huge scale operation is taking place against all these illegal housing project under the observation of DG RDA. Rawalpindi City has a number of illegal under construction project, which seemingly would have the same fate as these. Now, the MP&TE Directorate RDA is vouching for strict actions against all the illegal project in this city. The Director MP&TE RDA revealed that the owners of the demolished projects began started their operation without approval or NOC.
RDA sources claimed that DG RDA has given strict order to MP&TE Directorate to search for every illegal encroachments. Also he advised general public to report each and every illegal project, as their moral responsibility. He further directed that the project owners must consult RDA for valid NOC of their projects.
The actions against illegal housing project show that RDA is only going to allow legal constructions with a valid NOC.