RDA to review housing societies’ plans

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Staff Report
Rawalpindi
The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has decided to review the plans of housing societies, to make sure that the land allocated for mosques, schools, parking, green belts and public centres is not used against the rules and regulations.
RDA has tasked the Metropolitan and Traffic Engineering (MP&TE) Assistant Director Atif Chaudhry to submit a report with the RDA Director General (DG) within two weeks.
The media reports reveal that DG RDA, Rana Akbar Hayat has taken notice of the complaints pertaining to the use of allocated areas in violation of rules.
He has also directed the MP&TE Director Jamshed Aftab to submit a complete report in the next two weeks.
The AD who has been given the task has visited seven housing societies and inspected their out plans.
Minor differences were observed in the out plans of the two housing societies which will be reported to the Akbar Hayat.
The final report in this regard will be submitted to RDA after August 20.
Based on the report, RDA will decide either to fine or cancel the Non Objection Certificate (NOC) of the housing societies found guilty of rule violation.

Earlier, the RDA had declared 31 housing schemes as illegal. According to the authority’s spokesperson these are Jinnah Town, Airport Employees Cooperative Housing society, Gulshan-i-Ali, Janjua Town 1, Janjua Town II, Janjua Town III, Khayaban-i-Millat, Rasool Town, National Town, Khayaban-i-Quaid, T&T Housing Society, OGDC Town, Hamza Town, Sanghar Town, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Fazal Town phase II, Gulberg Town, Lake Vista Residential Rawal City, Palm City, Jabbar City, Usman Block, Jubilee Town, Lawyers Town, Radio Colony, Federation of Employees Cooperate Housing Society, Samarzar Housing Project, Gulraiz Housing Scheme, Metro Homes, Babar Homes, Paras Villas and Al-Falah Homes.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has remained active on the matter, while directing the civic administrations of the twin cities to take action against illegal housing societies. The anti-graft body has tasked the relevant departments such as the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) to act against the illegal housing societies and make public their names.

RDA decides to reactivate one window operation

RDA has also decided to start its one window operation again.
As per the instructions of RDA Director General Akbar Hayat one window operation, suspended 5 years back, will be started again.
The directives have been issued on this count for redressing the growing complaints of the residents.
One window operation was launched in the civic authority for guiding the people and sorting out their problems however it was shut down shortly.
In consequence of closure of this operation people were left at the mercy of incompetent and corrupt elements. They were faced with no other choice but to spend the entire day taking rounds of the authority office to get their issues resolved.
Keeping in view the aforementioned situation, the steps have been taken to reactivate the one window operation immediately on the instructions of DG.
The responsibility of heading this operation has been entrusted to the Assistant Director Hafiz Irfan.

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