All Bahria Town Karachi’s Construction Activities Are Illegal, SHC Told

Their “Bahria Greens” project was launched without obtaining a Sale and Advertisement No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authority, SBCA said.

 

The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) informed the Sindh High Court that all the Bahria Town Karachi construction activities were unauthorized and illegal.

Their “Bahria Greens” project was launched without obtaining a Sale and Advertisement No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authority.

An SBCA Deputy Director (Design and Complaint) filed comments before a two-judge bench headed by Justice Khadim Hussain Shaikh. The comments said that Bahria Town had launched a massive publicity campaign for Bahria Greens before acquiring land, procuring relevant authority approval, and obtaining the NOC (as required under Section 5 of SBCO 1979).

The SBCA said:

M/s Bahria Town (Pvt) Ltd continued construction of multi-story buildings/bungalows and development of the project without valid approvals/NOCs from the SBCA and other agencies. The matter was under inquiry with NAB authorities and also sub-judice before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The SBCA further maintained that the apex court had imposed a ban on the construction of beyond six floors; however, Bahria Town Karachi’s building plan did not follow the regulations, which ultimately make its construction activities illegal. Regarding this, a letter was issued to Bahria Town dated 20-11-2018.

In July 2019, the SBCA held a meeting with a Bahria Town delegation and asked to be provided with complete information. Bahria town promised to deliver data within a due course of time, but no further progress was made.

The Petitioner Tariq Ishtiaque recalled that on March the 21st last year, a three-judge SC bench had accepted the Rs. 460 billion offer by Bahria Town to implement the court’s May the 4th, 2018 judgment.

In its verdict, the chair maintained that the MDA exchanged the land granted for launching an incremental housing scheme with the property of Bahria Town to launch a personal project.

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