RDA Prohibits Commercial Construction beside Ring Road Route

Recently, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) banned commercial constructions up to 100 meters beside the proposed route of the Rawalpindi Ring Road.

RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza in the meeting held on Friday said that the ban on construction is meant to bring it in line with Town Planning Regulation. All buildings along the game-changer project will be constructed in agreement with the Town Planning Regulation, he stated.

RDA Chairman further added that instead of an unplanned urban jungle, the ring road project will have a modernized city on both of its sides. According to the reports, facilitating the housing sector in order to create ease of doing business for the housing sector, the governing body granted approval for the new housing scheme rules. RDA also approved the formulation of the Peri-Urban Structure Plan in all tehsils of Rawalpindi district except Rawalpindi Tehsil. Peri-urban means rural areas next to urban localities.

As per the Peri-Urban Plan, zones would be assigned for land use in each tehsil so that any developer can know in which zone he will be able to carry out development activities. According to the planning regulation, the governing body also approved new housing schemes rules to facilitate the housing sector.

Moreover, the governing body also argued various issues of the Gulraiz Housing Scheme such as the availability of graveyard and formed a five-member technical committee under the supervision of Haji Amjad Mehmood Chaudhry an MPA from PP-13 constituency, to prepare a report within fifteen days. The meeting also discussed which department would conduct anti-encroachment operation and which one would start development work on this land.

The Rawalpindi Development Authority rejected the Hailey Waterworks auction agenda of the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and suggested that it should be further improved. Hailey Waterworks commonly known as Kali Tanki and Chitti Tanki on Saidpur Road was constructed in 1924 and became operational 2 years later, providing potable water to residents at their doorsteps. The system is efficient even today.

RDA director-general gave a detailed update on the agenda items before the governing body. The meeting was attended by the members of the governing body which included MPA Haji Amjad Mehmood, Senior Officers of RDA and Wasa, MPA Latasub Satti, and MPA Nasreen Tariq, and representative of district administration.

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