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Federal cabinet to allow construction of high-rise buildings in four cities

A sub-committee has formed under the supervision of Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

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The federal cabinet is likely to allow construction of high-rise buildings in four major cities of the country in accordance with international aviation laws.

According to sources, the prime minister called for a meeting of the federal cabinet, on Tuesday, where 16 different proposals of different ministries were discussed.

The cabinet made the decision to accept the proposal of the Ministry of Aviation regarding the construction of high-rise buildings in Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, and Karachi. A sub-committee has been formed under the supervision of Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and a proposal, which was put forth by the committee, is still waiting to be approved.

In the proposal, it has been suggested that multi-story buildings should be allowed within a radius of 15.24 kilometers of every airport under international aviation laws. Civil Aviation Rules-1994 (Rule 68) defines the height restriction in terms of numerous Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) around an aerodrome up to a maximum limit of 15.24 kilometers.

The committee has also directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and other related departments to exclude builders from no-objection certificate (NOC) conditions for high-rise buildings in the above-mentioned cities.

Other than the proposal, the cabinet will also take up the matter of amendments in the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Act since the department has expressed concern over the recently approved amendments in its ordinance.

NEPRA is of the view that the implementation of these amendments will create pressure on consumers and all charges, from line losses to interest payments on loans and technical losses, would be passed on to the consumer.

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