Builders’ lobby: Govt approves high-rise buildings’ plan in a hurry?

Aftab Ahmed
With a plan to deploy Pakistan Air Defense assets to alternate sites, the government seems to be in a hurry to approve high-rise building plan in four cities following recommendations of committee with lack of technically qualified knowledge.

One committee member had raised questions over the technical qualification of the committee that recommended high-rise buildings in four cities of Karachi, Multan, Peshawar and Lahore.

A member of the committee had expressed in a high level meeting that the committee was not in a position to certify that the Aeronautical study had taken into account the international best practices as the committee was not technically qualified to do so. It was also expressed that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had been asked to put in place an open and transparent mechanism for processing of requests for NOCs from builders.

Sources told that it was also pointed out that Aviation Division should assess whether the Civil Aviation Rules 1994 would also need to be amended to bring them in conformity with the civil aviation ordinance 1960 to avoid any inconsistency. It was also pointed out that Pakistan is situated on the fault line hence respective building control authorities should ensure that all high-rise buildings should pass the seismic resistance test.

The committee was constituted on September 9, 2019 to review proposal and make recommendations with a view to ensure availability maximum possible areas in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan for construction of high rise buildings. The committee had also deliberated upon the issue and made some recommendations.

It recommended that the areas identified for high-rise construction in Karachi Lahore, Peshawar and Multan may be approved and the requirement of NOC by builders in the identified areas may be maintained. It also recommended the government to grant in principle approval for alternate sites for deployment of PAF air defense sites. The government had approved the recommendations of the committee and allowed the builders to start processing of cases of high rise buildings in the identified areas of four cities.

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