Bahria Town Karachi is in hot waters for quite some time and the situation is just aggravating with each passing day. Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) claimed that the Bahria Town Karachi is being built without NOCs, violating basic building rules and regulations. SBCA is the regulatory body that issues NOCs to all constructions that take place in Sindh.
SBCA report claims that Bahria Town ignored all basic rules before starting construction in Karachi.
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On March 20th, 2014, Malir Development Authority (MDA) approved first layout plan for 1,330 acres of land. Also, SBCA issued a ‘Conditional NOC’ for the sale and marketing of 3,098 residential and 748 commercial plots. This was issued in favor of executive director of Bahria Town Ltd Zain Malik“ in the capacity of special power of attorney co-owners. The subject NOC required among others that registered power of attorney and registration of mortgage deed (15 percent) of all open plots shall be submitted within three months…”
On August 21, 2014, another layout plan for 4,696 acres was approved by MDA. On April 2, 2015, SBCA approved construction plan for 1,055 ground plus one houses but did not issue NOC for the sale and advertisement on September 14, 2015. Reason being that Bahria Town did not conform to the rules in the previous NOC
SBCA report stated, “The latest site inspection reveals that construction activities without approval of SBCA are being carried out…” A long list of residential and commercial buildings follows. This includes: 9,319 villas, 51 flat sites, four office buildings and 10 public buildings such as restaurants, schools, a hospital, a club house, parks and dancing fountains, as well as two mosques, among them the Grand Masjid.
All of these are constructed or under construction without even having the basic NOC as per SBCA. Bahria Town follows none of the terms and conditions. An ex-bureaucrat with land experience said, “A builder in Karachi can’t build a single floor without approval.”
However, a senior land officer said, “Has the SBCA, which is part of the Sindh government, only woken up to its responsibilities now, when the project has spread to over 30,000 acres in Karachi’s outskirts?”
Section 5 of the SBCO clearly states, “Sale of Plots (i) No developer shall transfer any plot or plots on the basis of owner ship or by sale or advertise such transfer, without obtaining a no objection certificate from the Authority (SBCA) in the manner and on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.”
Section 12 deals with the sale of buildings says, “No builder shall sell or advertise for sale any building, through any audiovisual aids or any other means before he has obtained approval in writing of the Authority, and he shall mention such fact in the advertisement which will further specify all such details about the building as may be prescribed.”
Section 19 states, “whoever contravenes any provision of this ordinance, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or with fine not less than Rs20,000 or with both and if the offence is a continuing one, further fine not exceeding Rs500 for each day after the date of the first commission of the offence”.
Despite all the claims by SBCA, the question here is that a notice was placed by SBCA in the newspapers displaying a list of housing projects that are either illegal or sponsored by land mafia, but there is no mention of Bahria Town Karachi in it.