Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Escorts Against Unlawful announced that the department will conduct operations against illegal housing and construction in Rawalpindi City. RDA Director General Muhammad Saif Anwar Jappa has said that the authority will be taking strict action against those who are involved in illegal construction activity. He has urged the citizens to cooperate with RDA in this matter.
Illegal construction is a major problem in Pakistan, especially in cities like Rawalpindi where there is a shortage of housing. This problem not only affects the aesthetics of the city but also causes problems for legitimate construction companies who have to follow the rules and regulations set by the government. Illegal construction is often done using substandard materials which can pose a safety hazard for residents. As many houses in Pakistan are constructed without following proper safety guidelines. As a result, a number of related accidents and injuries take place. Common problems include using substandard materials, lack of trained personnel, and inadequate supervision.
Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Vision
The RDA has urged residents to report any illegal construction activities taking place in their neighborhood so that action can be taken. Muhammad Saif Anwar Jappa said that the sale of properties built on illegal land will also be nullified and strict action will be taken against estate agents involved in executing the deal. He said that the RDA will also take action against development companies involved in illegal construction.
It is estimated that there are over 43 illegal housing and construction projects currently underway in Rawalpindi (RDA, 2021). These projects are being carried out without the required permits and approvals from RDA. This is not only a violation of the law, but it is also a danger to public safety.
According to an RDA official, the authority has shut down six unlawfully built residential complexes, 15 stores, and three plazas on High Court and Adyala Roads (News, 2022). The RDA Director General (DG) Muhammad Saif Anwar Jappa visited and examined several places in a day. He halted the development of an unauthorized plaza on the service road beside Shelton Marriage Hall and instructed the RDA’s Building Control Wing to initiate legal action against rule breakers.
The RDA has made it clear that it will not tolerate any illegal construction in Rawalpindi and will take strict action against those involved in such activities.
During the operations conducted over the next few days, the RDA will be checking for valid construction permits and approvals. Those who are found to be carrying out construction work without the required permits will be served notice and given a deadline to obtain the necessary approvals. Failure to do so will result in strict legal action being taken against them.
The RDA’s announcement is a welcome step towards tackling the problem of illegal construction in Rawalpindi. However, it remains to be seen how effective these raids will be in stopping such activities. It is also important to note that many people are involved in illegal construction, from property developers to estate agents, and it will require a coordinated effort from all stakeholders to put an end to this problem.
The Hash Mall Approved by RDA
The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has approved The Hash Mall. The Hash Mall is a magnificent corporate residency project located in the center of Bahria Town Phase 8, near the Dominion Mall at Lake View Junction. The all-inclusive mall has a prominent position with appealing offerings, apartments, and rental opportunities. The most popular amenities are Cine Media Ice Skating, Water Splash, Space Air, Top Roof Golf Terrace, Sky Walk, and many others. The apartments will range in size from 350 square feet to 2800 square feet.
The Rawalpindi Development Authority has approved The Hash Mall, concluding that it meets all safety requirements. As per the security SOPs put forth by the development authority, a firefighting system must be installed and a comprehensive security plan must be put into place. With these measures in place, the RDA has expressed confidence that The Hash Mall will be a safe and secure development for all involved.
This is good news for those who have been waiting for a luxury development approved by the RDA.
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