Islamabad-The Building Control Section of the Capital Development Authority has identified massive irregularities and violation of the building bye-laws in Sector E-11.

Documents available with The Nation revealed that the violations include disposal of sewage in nullahs without treatment and occupation of the CDA land by the developers to construct site offices and install billboards to advertise their projects.

Director BCS-II Shafi Muhammad Marwat has submitted to the concerned quarters the details about the violations through a letter titled: “Violations of CDA and MCI bye-laws” and also sought action by the concerned formations of the CDA for their removal. The BCS had taken action against un-authorised buildings in Sector E-11 and 41 buildings were sealed in November 2017. Owners of 21 buildings broke the seal and the authorities re-sealed the buildings in the presence of CDA and ICT magistrates on January 8-9, 2018.

According to the letter written by Director BCS, the building owners have carved an access from Right of Way and green belt on main Margalla Road to these un-authorised buildings in Sector E-11 and construction material is lying dumped on CDA land while some of the owners have constructed site offices and parking lots on the green belt. The owners have also installed illegal billboards to advertise their projects. The BCS has asked the DG Environment that illegal approach road to these building be dismantled. The owners have also resorted to illegal bores to get water, according to the BCS report.

The owners of illegal and unauthorised buildings in Sector E-11 and all housing societies operating in ICT limits are disposing of their sewage directly to the nullahs without any treatment. Director Sanitation has been asked to take action against the violators in indiscriminate manner. The buildings constructed in Sector E-11 and all housing societies in ICT limits have no proper fire fighting and safety arrangements in their buildings, according to the report. Director EDM has been asked to seal such buildings as he has the power to seal the buildings if they are not in conformity with the life and safety regulations-2016.

The BCS had identified 84 buildings in Sector E-11 which have no valid approval from any competent authority. Owners of these buildings approached the BCS for approval but according to the BCS-II Director Shafi Muhammad Marwat there is no such policy to regulate these buildings except policy formulated in 2007 and majority of these buildings don’t fulfill that policy. The Director BCS has requested Director Regional Planning and Director Housing Societies to frame a clear cut fresh policy to regulate these buildings.