Islamabad - Flouting the directions of Capital Development Authority (CDA) high-ups, the management of a Shopping Mall in F-7 markaz of the capital is continuing ‘illegal’ construction work on top floor of the building in connivance with the officials of the civic agency, it has been learnt.

CDA in 2012 had allowed the construction of cinema at the top floor of Safa Mall but in April, 2015 the Authority through a letter directed the management of Safa Gold Mall to suspend the construction. The mall management challenged the CDA decision and chairman CDA ordered an inquiry as to who allowed construction of cinema on top floor of the mall. The said inquiry report pointed out that some CDA officials in connivance with the mall management increased the number of storeys from Ground + 4 to Ground + 7. It also pointed out that the building plan which was approved in 2012 for the construction of cinema was illegal, as this plot was never meant for a cinema house. However, the management continued the construction of cinema. Subsequently, a meeting was held in the office of member (P&D), CDA on March 30, 2016. The meeting was attended by Najma Azhar, DDG Law, Zahid Sultan, Director BCS, Ishrat Taj Warsi, Director Enforcement, Ammaduddin, Deputy Director Enforcement, Shafi Marwat, Deputy Director BCS-I and Amir Latif Gill CDA counsel. It was decided in the meeting that the enforcement directorate will stop the construction work of cinema at top floor of building and establish permanent picket for watch and ward of the site so that the construction work may not be started. The decision was taken with the approval of the chairman CDA. Director Building Control through a letter in April asked the Director Enforcement to do the needful to stop the construction. However, sources told The Nation that the mall management is continuing the construction work in connivance with the CDA officials deputed there under the patronage of high ups of the enforcement directorate. “The construction is violation of building and zoning regulations but the mall management seems little bothered about the violation,” said the sources in CDA on condition of anonymity. They said that a CDA Board member who owns at least five shops in the mall is also supporting the mall management in its illegal actions. Director enforcement was not available for the comments despite repeated attempts.