Defying SCP orders, SBCA awards 20 NOCs for construction high rises

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KARACHI: In defying orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), Sindh Building Control Authority has awarded 20 No Objection Certificates (NOC) for construction high rise buildings in different parts of Karachi.

The Authority has also accepted another 123 such cases for NOC, officials of Authority have informed.

SCP on March 16, 2017 in its order had put ban on construction of high rise buildings and directed all departments including Authority and six cantonment boards to only grant permission to constructions of building with ground plus two storeys.

On May 26, 2017 Authority in a notification also informed general public and concerned people that a ban had been imposed on construction high rise in city.

On contrary, Authority had been kept granting NOCs to builders for construction commercial buildings above one plus two storeys, officials have maintained.

In addition, Town Planning, Engineering Structure, Inter Department and Engineering and Building Design departments have also granted permission ‘Sale NOCs’ to these building constructors.

The building constructors who have been given NOCs from March 16 to May 25, 2017 in this regard include Aqeel Karim Dedhi to construct ground plus 17 floors project under name of Court Regency in Calachi Cooperative Housing Society, Gulshan Town, Muhammad Hussain of Empire Boulevard Defense, Deh Drigh Road, Shah Faisal, Talha Sikandar and Muhammad Haris of G-4 Square, in Maulana Muhammad Ali Jouhar CHS, Gulshan Town, Muhammad Nawab and others of Crown Comforts in Jamsheed Quarters, Farooq Parekh and Shamim Ahmed of Al-Reef Tower in Bahadur Yar Jang CHS, Gulshan Town, Muhammad Jamal of Al-Madni Tower in Block-6, PECHS, Jamshed Town, Muhammad Farhan of Smart Arcade, Sector-Y-1, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Gadap Town, Asghar Ali Bhindarawala of Crown Homes, Waqas Khannai of Down Town Tower, Railway Quarters, Umair Farooq of Adhia Maple Homes, Chandni Chowk, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Muhammad Arif of I0-Con Trade Centre in Bihar Muslim CHS, Karachi, Shaista Masood Khan of Makkah Residency in Jamshaed Town, M Karim of Karimi Arcade-1in Sectore-2, Surjani Town, Zahida Ghulam and Fazila Ghulam of Kulsoom Residency in Jamsheed Quarters, Zahiad Ghulam and Fazila Ghulam of Zahra Residency in Jamshed Town, Abdul Rehman of Chayell Bridge View, in Shah Faisal Colony, Ahsanuddin Siddiqui and Pervaiz Khan of Premier Residency in Jamsheed Town, project owners of I-Con Residency in Jamsheed Town, project owners of Elegant Tower in Jamsheed Town and project owners of Court Regency in Gulshan Town.

 During May 26 to September 20, 2017, 326 cases had been submitted including 123 high rises and commercial buildings in parts of city.

The Authority has earned millions of rupees in shape of scrutiny fee and other charges.

On the other hand, Agha Maqsood, Director General SBCA after sensing possibility of investigation into this illegal practice and defying of SCP orders by investigating agencies in an office order on September 21, 2017 directed department officials not to entertain cases above ground plus two storeys. On following day of order, Agha went on long leaves on medical ground, officials have revealed. Agha woul likely be retired after five months from his service after attainting superannuation age.   

The official obligation of SBCA is to ensure stability of structures, keep quality control in construction activities, regulate building and town planning regulations and safeguard interest of general public.