Rawalpindi: According to the sources, on Sunday, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) sealed the site offices of three illegal housing schemes and collected Rs10.7 million in fines from different commercial building owners.

The authority’s compliance directorate and local police sealed the site offices of Wapda Town in Taxila Tehsil, Regent Farm Housing Scheme on Chakri Road near the Motorway Interchange, and Life Residencia on Fatehjang Road. Two illegal housing schemes, Mangolia Housing and New Rawal Area, have also been the subject of first information reports (FIRs).

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Additionally, the LU&BC Wing’s staff has shut down an under-construction illegal plaza in Gulraiz Housing Scheme because the property owners allegedly violated the Punjab Development of States Act 1976 and the RDA Building and Zoning Regulations, 2020 by constructing illegal commercial buildings without permission or No Objection Certificate (NOC).

According to an RDA spokesman, the director-general ordered the LU&BC Wing to take strict action without fear or favor against encroachments, illegal and unauthorized constructions, and commercial activities.

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People should also exercise moral responsibility, he said, by eliminating all forms of encroachments. Owners of the above-mentioned properties began illegal construction work in different areas without the authority’s approval of a layout plan, he said.

The RDA has advised people not to invest in unauthorized and unlicensed real estate ventures, as well as high-rise buildings, in the public interest, he said, adding that “RDA recommends citizens to consult the authority before investing in such projects.”

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