Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) stated on Sunday that the mushrooming of housing societies in the garrison city began during the previous administrations’ tenures. RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza said the municipal authority was a legal organisation that looked after the city’s growth and planning during the 44th governing body meeting.
He stated that existing legislation needed to be strengthened. The RDA had approved the terms of reference (TORs) for updating Rawalpindi’s master plan and had solicited expressions of interest from reputable consulting firms, he added.
He explained that they are short and long-term plans that will include all sectors as well as the phasing of prioritised operations in the district over a 25-year timeframe.
Because the city had grown haphazardly, Rawalpindi’s first master plan was developed in 1968, when it was the temporary capital. But it was never executed, and over 30 years later, a new master plan for the years 1996 to 2016 was created under the supervision of a board of authorities.
According to the RDA’s chief, the then-Punjab government authorised the RDA in 2013 to approve new housing plans across the district since unlawful housing schemes were popping up without the consent of the now-defunct district council.
RDA took quick action after taking over the reins to put a stop to future unlawful housing plans. The Punjab government decided late in 2019 to send approved and in-progress housing plans to the RDA. He claims that the mushrooming of housing societies began during the TMA’s approval process.
He added that between 2013 and 2019, 250 projects were proposed, six of which were authorised, and the RDA took legal action against the others under the Punjab Private Housing and Land Subdivision Rules 2010.
According to him, the RDA issued 292 legal notifications, 78 challans, 99 FIRs, shut 106 offices, and destroyed unlawful housing scheme gates and advertisement boards between 2013 and 2019.