100 illegal shops, five markets sealed
RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) sealed 100 stores and five markets on Chakri Road and Gulraiz Housing Scheme on Thursday as part of a large operation against illegal and unlicensed commercial buildings.
Surprisingly, the civic agency sprung into action by maintaining a strange silence until the work on these unlawful and unlicensed commercial markets and stores was completed.
Previously, the civic agency stood silent during the construction of 50 illegal businesses and stores on Adiala Road, but they were shut once the work was finished.
According to RDA sources, the process of regularising these 150 stores and five unlawful marketplaces will now begin with a fine.
Inspectors from the RDA building control cell remain silent when unlawful constructions begin until the work is completed and notices are issued.
According to RDA spokeswoman Hafiz Irfan, one under-construction residential building was also sealed during the operation, and the building control wing is continuing its anti-encroachment mission.
According to him, the proprietors of these illegal commercial buildings appeared before the appropriate authorities and were ordered to regularise the constructions.
He threatened to file FIRs against the owners if they were not regularised within two weeks.
Meanwhile, the RDA has asked the general public to seek advice from the municipal body before engaging in five illegal projects in order to avoid financial losses.
In this regard, the enforcement team now includes trained and uniformed officers.
Previously, the RDA sent notifications on 12 unauthorised housing developments in the Rawalpindi area. Citizens were also advised by the civic body to double-check the status of housing societies on the RDA’s official website before investing in them.
Because of the law’s non-implementation, illegal housing societies and companies have mushroomed in the Rawalpindi division throughout the years.
In the RDA’s jurisdiction, around 264 housing societies are operating unlawfully.
Despite the fact that the regulator has identified illicit housing schemes, it has yet to take legal action against the illegal enterprise.
Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has planned to imitate “the Allahabad Bazaar model” in other marketplaces in order to eliminate encroachment. After a successful encroachment operation at Allahabad Bazaar, Cantonment Executive Officer (CEO) Imran Gulzar received assurances from traders that they will not allow encroachments in front of their businesses and walkways in the future.