Islamabad: CDA (Capital Development Authority) has recently approved construction of elevated commercial buildings in the capital city of Pakistan after the approval by the Federal cabinet.
This move has been agreed by the board during a meeting with Amir Ali Ahmed; ICT chief (Islamabad Capital Territory) and Chairman of the CDA. During this meeting, a number of issues were discussed that included establishment of commercial strip in the Sector I-9, cancellation of several plots, changing of the names of the roads, restoration policy of the plots, change in FAR (floor-area ratio), by-laws, the progress of Sector I-15 and transferability of the land of FGEHF (Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation).
A clear agreement has been made in favor of FAR as well as high-rise buildings by the board. The elevated buildings could be constructed in those areas that have ROW (right-of-way) of nearly 300 yards in Blue Area, Sectors G-8, G-9, G-10, G-11 and Kashmir Highway in Islamabad. It was also agreed that the policies regarding the construction of high-rise buildings will be decided by the Federal Commission only, who is at the moment working on a new master plan for Federal Capital.
As per the sources in CDA, the new policies are going to be implied to new buildings with multi-stories, especially Class-III won’t require changes in permission. It is also made clear that for making high-rise and elevated buildings, larger plots will be used only. Contractors are bound to show the plan of the prospective building along with various saplings is required to be planted within the boundaries of the building.
As per the policy, a plot of 3,000 square yards will have 2,400 square yards covered with 18 stories only. As per the by-laws, the space between the floor and ceiling has to be at least 10.5 feet. For a 5,000 square yards area, only 2,500 square yards are allowed for structure construction with 45 to 48 stories allowed.
The names of the roads are agreed to be changed to famous poets and personalities that include Hafeez Jalandhari; who penned the National Anthem of Pakistan, Josh Malihabadi and Jameeluddin Aali; who were the writers of famous Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan.