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RDA housing societies under review in efforts to safeguard citizen’s investments|2020

Rawalpindi—In an effort to safeguard the real estate investments of citizens, the Rawalpindi Development Authority has announced it will begin reviewing its list of legal and illegal societies.

According to the Director of RDA Metropolitan and Traffic Engineering, Mr. Shahzad Haider, the main purpose of this proposal is the resolution of issues pertaining to the issuance of NOCs to illegal societies.

As you may already be aware, RDA housing societies are provided with documents facilitating their legal status. One such document is the NOC which essentially allows the residents of these RDA housing societies to have access to basic utilities.

Many residents who have unknowingly settled in illegal societies face the difficulty of obtaining NOCs, from the municipal organization, to obtain basic utilities such as gas, water, and electricity.  With the absence of these basic necessities, the residents have to resort to unethical, and oftentimes illegal means of acquiring them.

However, in order to resolve this issue, the municipal authority needs the cooperation of all departments especially the revenue department, the local government department, and the district council. By reviewing their lists of legal and illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi, they can begin working on how to provide proper NOCs to all citizens. They must still solve the issue of providing NOCs to those citizens living in non- RDA housing societies.

Must Read: A List of Legal Housing Societies in Islamabad.

What are Illegal Societies?
RDA to review housing societies in efforts to safeguard citizen’s investments

What determines RDA housing societies?

Of the 300 private housing schemes that fall into RDA’s jurisdiction, a mere 49 are legal. That is, under 50 are RDA housing societies. The rest that has been deemed illegal has been done so because they were established well before RDA was formed; they do not adhere to guidelines set by the housing society. In many instances, they did not register and apply for a NOC with the RDA. In other cases, the housing authority dubbed them illegal as they had not left sufficient area for parks, mosques, roads, and other infrastructure.

Want to know what other developments municipal organization has been carrying out? Read our article on how RDA ratified 10 SEZs along Ring Road.

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