Following the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has initiated strict action against illegal, and non-conforming use of residential buildings in Islamabad. According to law, one cannot have a legal business running in a residential building. There are various reasons for the law one of which is that the utility tariffs vary significantly in commercial and residential areas. To save money and time, it has become quite a norm to start businesses at home be it a boutique, a parlor, a showroom or even a government office or an NGO. The directives from the court were a long time coming. Even still, better late than never.
Residential buildings in Islamabad, especially in the posh sectors of the capital have been turned into businesses; a site which is truly unsettling. Islamabad is the most planned city in Pakistan with strict allocations for commercial and residential areas. A CDA Official said,
The apex court has directed us to carry out operation against non-conforming use of residential buildings without any discrimination.
It was further learned that the Supreme Court gave a three-month deadline to eliminate all such businesses. The CDA Official further said the government offices, includes those of PML-N’s are right at the top of the hit list including private television channels, government departments, showrooms, restaurants, boutiques, restaurants, parlors and salons etc. Earlier this week, we already saw action against few of the most popular destinations for residents of Islamabad including the following:
Royli Boutique / Parlor
Zeazer Salon & Fabrics
The action will continue in other sectors against other businesses following CDAs constant reiteration of warnings and issuance of deadlines. Following is a public notice issued today by CDA,
It is for information of the general public that residential properties in Islamabad which are to be used as residential premises only, have been put to non-forming use by establishing commercial activities in violation of Islamabad Residential Sectors Zoning (Building Control) Regulations-2005 and CDA Ordinance 1960. CDA has decided to take strict action against all those premises which are violating the rules and regulations by using the properties for commercial purposes. All such Owners / Occupants who are running Guest Houses, Schools, Offices, Show Rooms, Restaurants, Boutiques, Clinics etc. are therefore, finally warned in their own interest to remove non-conforming use from the residential buildings immediately and bring the premises into conforming use, failing which CDA shall be constrained to cancel the allotment of the property besides sealing the premises and imposition of fines under the law.
Apart from non-conforming use of residential buildings in Islamabad, CDA has launched a massive operation against illegal billboards and advertisements. CDA has effectively managed to remove illegal billboards, hoardings, fliers (mopies) and directional boards etc. This action extends to illegal banners, political or otherwise, as well.
CDA has taken cleaning up the city to a whole new level. First, it was the slums, next came restaurants and food chains serving unhygienic food etc. Now, we are looking at residential buildings in Islamabad restored to their original purpose all the while getting rid of the nuisance of illegal advertising plaguing our beautiful roads and streets. All that’s left is plantation of trees, and Islamabad will fall back to the golden ages, only this time, it will be modern and safer.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.