Construction of high-rise building in Blue Area stopped

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Wednesday stopped construction of a high-rise building in Blue Area claiming the structure was being raised without prior approval of design from the authority.

A CDA official told ‘The News’ the developers of the building previously were served notices asking them to get design vetted and approved by the competent authority. “Previously, we served a number of notices to the developers of 24-storied Pak Telecom but they paid no heed to warnings,” he said.

According to new building, released by the government and CDA, every high-rise building in Islamabad should be constructed according to Seismic Zone-3. For this purpose, the structural design be approved by the CDA and or recognised structural engineers and consultants.

The CDA sources said the construction of Pak Telecom Tower was suspended with the approval of senior official who also okayed the operation to stop work till design of the building is okayed by the Building Control Section.

The sources said the developers were allowed only to carry excavation work as their building plan also included four basements but they also started raising structure. “The construction work will be allowed only when they submit their proposed design to the building control section and gets its approval,” an official said.

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