Government Allows Construction of High-rise Buildings in Pakistan
"The cabinet allowed 50-storey buildings i.e. 500 foot high buildings even in the funnel areas (15km radius) of airports in the four cities," stated Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan after the cabinet meeting.
Earlier, the government asked the Capital Development Authority and Civil Aviation Authority to submit a plan regarding the construction of high-rise buildings without height restriction. Resultantly, the restriction had been lifted in Islamabad.
Previously, there was a ban on construction of high-rises in the funnel areas but now it has been relaxed. However, despite the ban multi-storey buildings were being constructed in the funnel areas of airports.
At a post-cabinet meeting press conference, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the prime minister had directed the authorities concerned to expedite the process of acquiring the assistance of foreign companies to run the country's airports in a better way under the government's policies and provide better facilities to the passengers, besides generating more revenue.
The cabinet was briefed on the progress in work on upgrade and reconstruction of Skardu airport. The meeting empowered minister for aviation to renew licences of airlines companies and expressed the hope that the decision would facilitate the companies and expedite the process of renewals.