To maintain urban planning integrity, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has served notices to four unauthorized housing societies operating within the garrison city. The crackdown comes as part of the RDA’s ongoing efforts to regulate and oversee the development of residential projects in the region.
Four Unauthorized Housing Societies
According to Hafiz Irfan, spokesperson for the RDA, the four illegal housing societies identified are High Life City, a project by SSJ Marketing and Property Adviser at Mouza Niko; Wah Hills at Mouza Ghari Afghana in Taxila; and Amman Scheme at Mouza Rajar on Chakri Road.
The notices issued to these housing societies explicitly warn against any marketing activities related to their unauthorized projects. RDA Director General Saif Anwar Jappa has directed the relevant department to file First Information Reports (FIRs) against the owners of these illegal housing schemes, urging them to cease all marketing activities until proper approvals are obtained.
The RDA spokesperson emphasized that sponsors of unauthorized housing schemes in Rawalpindi will face legal consequences if they fail to comply with the directives. Owners have been advised to approach the RDA for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) before engaging in any promotional or developmental activities.
Additionally, the public has been cautioned against investing in housing societies lacking the necessary approvals from the RDA. To counter misleading advertisements by illegal housing societies, the Planning Wing of the RDA has sought the assistance of the Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take appropriate action.
Hafiz Irfan highlighted that the offenses committed by the owners of these illegal housing projects are subject to legal action under Rule 37 of the Punjab Development Authorities Private Housing Schemes Rules 2021. The RDA remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that all housing developments adhere to established regulations, promoting a sustainable and organized urban landscape in Rawalpindi.