Islamabad: On Prime Minister Imran Khan’s orders, a high-level ministerial committee will draught proposals for the elimination of limits on the construction of high-rise buildings in the country.

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According to sources, the prime minister stated at a meeting of the federal cabinet on September 30 that despite the Cabinet’s decision to waive the requirement of NOCs from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for high structures, the practise was still prevalent.

The prime minister also suggested that construction standards be established for structures within 15 kilometres of any of the country’s airports, following the example of megacities such as Dubai, Hong Kong, and New York.

According to a source close to the situation, this committee would shortly give a report to the federal cabinet after receiving feedback from essential parties such as builders, developers, the Ministry of Defense, the PAF, and others. The Aviation Division has been tasked with assisting the committee.

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According to sources, the Cabinet meeting on September 30 decided that the committee formed would submit recommendations for removing impediments to the transition from the NOC regime to a compliance regime, identifying and correcting problems faced by developers, reviewing international standards, and taking examples from Hong Kong, Dubai, and New York.

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