ISLAMABAD: The civic agency of the federal capital on Sunday claimed that it had generated revenues of around Rs582 million last year from the approval of building plans, issuing completion certificates, granting no-objection certificates (NOCs), imposing fines for non-conforming use during 2019.
This was disclosed by officials of Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Building Control Directorate –I. Officials said that the sum of revenue generated was due to the active, vigilant and effective pursuance of building by-laws by the directorate apart from enforcement of building by-laws in the city.
Officials said that this resource of revenue was not followed, nor were efforts made to make it an active source of revenue generation as revenue generated by the department was far too little during 2018.
However, with the CDA management working to strengthen its financial position, all such revenue avenues have now been activated while other revenue means area also being explored.
Giving a break-up of the revenue generated, Building Control Directorate-I said that during 2019, they raised Rs157 million on account of approval of building plans. A further Rs38 millions were raised as charges collected for issuing of completion certificates for residential and commercial buildings constructed in the federal capital.
However, the biggest chunk of revenue for the directorate came in the form of Rs387 million raised by issuing NOCs and fines on account of non-conforming use of buildings.
Moreover, during 2019, some 1,037 cases of building plans were filed with the directorate for approval, 412 cases of completion certificates and 1,486 cases of a non-conforming use and NOCs. Moreover, four meetings of the Design Vetting Committee were also held during the year in which designs of 21 commercial buildings were approved.
In recent years, the main source of revenue for CDA has become the auction of residential and commercial plots in the federal capital. However, the authority has received mixed responses to these auctions at best.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2020.