Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would carry out survey of all the high-rise buildings in Islamabad with the assistance of reputed structure and design experts to revisit the existing building codes in the aftermath of unprecedented earthquake of October 26, 2015.

These views were expressed by the Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal who visited different areas of the capital city to inspect high-rise buildings in Blue Area, F-10, F-11 and G-11 yesterday. He was accompanied by Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ali Ahmed and technical team consisting of director general (design), director building control and other concerned officers of planning and engineering wings. During his visit, the chairman CDA met the management of the high-rise buildings, residents of the apartments and listened to their complaints. Directions were passed on the spot for immediate redressal of the issues confronting with the residents of the apartments.

The chairman CDA said that Monday’s earthquake was unprecedented and a warning to take measures for overcoming shortcomings, if any, in building codes and preparedness for the emergency situation. He said that CDA regularly carries out emergency preparedness drills and building audits of different structures and suggests measures for overcoming the defects and shortcomings in case of any emergency. He said that CDA’s emergency and disasters management constituted different teams after the earthquake to inspect the high-rise buildings and find out the shortcomings in the emergency equipment installed in the buildings as well as the entry and exit points during the emergency situation.

The CDA, after seeking the input of structure engineers/firms would study the data to revise the building codes in light of recommendations by the structure assessment consultants.

Meanwhile, in continuation of campaign against nonconforming use of residential houses, the Capital Development Authority on Tuesday sealed five more premises, taking the number over 60 since it was started last month.

According to the sources in the CDA, the sealed premises include house number 3, School Road, F-6/1 (Labels Boutique); house number 24-A, St 37, F-7/1 (beauty parlour); house number 1, St 29, F-7/1 (Sobia Beauty Parlour); house number 24-B, Park Road, F-8/2 (Turkain Beauty Parlour); and house number 410, Double Road, F-11/3 (Jugnoo’s Saloon).

The CDA teams also observed that violators are ending the nonconforming use of houses themselves. A few of which are: house number 4-A, St 25, F-8/2 (Ladies Gym); house number 4-A, St 5, F-8/3 (Deva Men Saloon); house number 17, St 10, F-8/3 (Men Gym); house number 95-A, F-10/1 (boutique); house number 161, F-10/4 (Boutique); house number 1, St 1, F-6/3 (Kuch Khas); house number 50, NDR, F-6/1 (Sardar Furniture); house number 19, St 56, F-6/4 (Baskin Restaurant); house number 287, Double Road, F-10/4 (Diana & Jackson coffee shop).

In addition to above, the CDA has warned public at large in their own interest to remove nonconforming use immediately from residential houses to avoid sealing of premises and heavy fines.