A grand operation was initiated by the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on the orders of its Director General (DG) Abdul Sattar Isani on Sunday.
The campaign is directed against illegal housing schemes and unauthorised constructions, an official said, adding that the staff of the Land Use and Building Control (LU&BC) Wing has sealed three plazas and a housing scheme.
LU&BC Director Jamshaid Aftab said 14 notices and nine challans had been issued to the owners of illegally constructed buildings. The wing recovered charges worth Rs4.8 million from various illegal commercial buildings last week as a commercialisation fee.
The owners of the unauthorised properties had violated maps approved under the Punjab Development of States Act, 1976 and RDA Building and Zoning Regulations, 2020 and proceeded to construct commercial buildings without an approval or a no-objection certificate.
The anti-encroachment campaign is being carried out in RDA controlled area in Rawalpindi, the official added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2021.