islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) informed the top court yesterday that it has granted six months time to the federal capital’s inhabitants for winding up business activities in residential areas.

On August 17, the three-judge bench, headed by former Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, had directed CDA to adopt a uniform policy regarding action against the violators. According to a report submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the civic agency has already admitted that 2,037 residential buildings in the city were being used for commercial activities. As many as 53 of these houses were in E sectors, 905 in F sectors, 461 in G sectors, 375 in I sectors and 279 in the model villages.

The CDA counsel, S A Rehman pursuant to the court order submitted a fresh report before a two-judge bench comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan. The bench directed CDA to submit progress report regarding the matter after three months. The bench has also asked the CDA to take action against violators without discrimination.

According to the CDA report, no exemption shall be allowed to any category and under uniform policy six month shall be given to these nonconforming establishments to wind up their business and bring the premises into conforming use as per provision of the scheme plan and allotment letter. The report says that CDA board in its September 11 meeting has decided that after six months, the CDA will start strict legal action under the law against the violators by sealing the premises and cancelation of allotment.

“In this regard, necessary amendments in CDA regulations in accordance with CDA Ordinance 1960 will also be made to simplify the existing procedure, which is time consuming and cumbersome.” Regarding the provision of sufficient commercial area, the report further states that board also agreed to put different commercial plots for auction. Accordingly, in coming auction, approximately 800,000 sft space will be available to cater to the commercial needs.

Action against the premises, which are under trail in the court of DC CDA shall remain in process as per procedure during the six months time and fine imposed by DC CDA shall be recovered over nonconforming use.

The report also states that there will be no violation of building byelaws failing which action for removal of violation shall be taken as per building regulations.