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July 14, 2020

ICCI asks CDA to revise building bye-laws

Islamabad

July 14, 2020

Islamabad:The Prime Minister of Pakistan had announced an attractive package for the construction industry to boost the economy, however, CDA has not taken any steps to revise its construction laws in line with the requirements of the construction industry package and this situation could create problems for construction activities in Islamabad. Therefore, CDA should revise its building bye-laws to facilitate the construction sector and notify them as soon as possible so that construction and business activities could flourish in the federal capital. This was stressed by Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a press statement.

ICCI President said that about 4 years ago, CDA Board had approved revised industrial building bye-laws which addressed height of industrial buildings and allowed multi businesses on industrial plots, but CDA has not notified them as yet due to which industrial growth in Islamabad was stagnant. He urged that CDA should notify the approved amended industrial building byelaws to facilitate the industrial development in the capital. He further said that lease of many industrial and commercial plots in Islamabad was pending due to the complicated lease renewal process of CDA. Due to this situation not only business activities were suffering, CDA was also losing revenue of billions of rupees in the form of lease renewal charges. He emphasized that CDA should streamline the lease renewal process and renew all pending leases of industrial and commercial plots. He said without renewal of leases, commercial and industrial establishments were not able to avail the financing facility of banks for expansion and growth.

Muhammad Ahmed Waheed said that after depositing building map for construction projects, one has to wait for 2-3 years for its approval due to which development of the federal capital was very slow. He said that due to such difficult procedures, domestic and foreign investors were feeling no incentive to invest in construction projects in the federal capital. He stressed that CDA should define timelines for every activity and approve all pending maps of industrial and commercial buildings in order to spur the construction activity in the federal capital.