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CDA All Set to Amend Regulations for Federal Housing Societies

28/03/2017

CDA News

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to accommodate minor violations committed by the housing societies located in the jurisdiction of Islamabad by changing the regulations. The initiative has been taken on the recommendations of Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

The violations by the housing societies include lack of approval of layout plan. Usually, sponsors of the housing societies make changes in the approved layout plan without approval of CDA and public amenity area or land approved for community services are usually changed into commercial or residential areas, while graveyards are usually converted into saleable area of the society.

Amenities are partially changed into residential and commercial use thereby reducing size/dimension of plots/roads and nullahs. Approved locations of amenities are relocated in scheme' s areas. Street or road width in few residential schemes is usually reduced for increasing the plot size.

In this regard, the CDA officials have already prepared proposals that will be presented to the CDA board in which authorities have suggested that previous violations that cannot be rectified may be accommodated by amending the previous regulations but at the same time, the authority would not compromise on the absence of public parks.

It is also discussed in the proposals that the housing societies which do not have land for graveyard would be directed to acquire space for this purpose in the nearby vicinity. Rather two to three societies can make joint ventures for sharing the space for said purpose. Similarly, alternate sites shall be given for public buildings.

"A mechanism shall be in place wherein plots mortgaged with CDA shall not be disposed off by the cooperative societies," it is learnt from the proposals. Furthermore, penalties provided in CDA regulations shall be enhanced to bring it at "up to five hundred thousand rupees" so as to discourage violations, the authorities have proposed.

The CDA officials engaged in preparing the proposals said the illegal housing schemes are categorised as the housing schemes falling in zone 1 and 3 where private housing schemes are fundamentally prohibited. Some schemes fall partially in Rawalpindi and Islamabad jurisdiction.

The law is silent on taking further action by the CDA in case of such violations. And the only remedy is that ICT administration can freeze the accounts of such societies or else matter can be referred to FIA. According to the CDA' s land use standards for required amenities, a residential society is required to allocate not less than 4 percent of the scheme area for public buildings like school, mosque, clinics, hospital, community centre etc.

At the same time, not less than 8 percent of the scheme area is required to be allocated for parks or open spaces in E-11, Zone 2 and Zone 5 and not less than 15 percent in Zone 4. Graveyards are required to be allocated not less than 2 percent of the scheme area and roads or streets not less than 26 percent of the scheme area.