Capital Development Authority (CDA) has begun the process of issuing final legal notice to the owners of unauthorized wedding halls & marquees in Islamabad. More than 45 owners served with notices till now. Meanwhile, others catered in coming days.
According to CDA’s latest report, a grand total of 77 marquees & wedding halls are currently operating in the distinct vicinity of Islamabad. Out of these, 75 of them have not acquired any legal No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the concerned department.
CDA’s building control section claims that these unauthorized buildings functions against the rules & regulations of CDA. Most of these wedding halls & marquees are situated in Sector E-11, Bhara Kahu & Bani Gala. In addition, some of them are also operating in the proximity of Kashmir Highway, Grand Trunk Road, Murree Road, The Expressway, Lehtrar Road & Park Road.
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On February 19, 2018, then Chief Justice of Pakistan held CDA responsible for regularization of marriage halls in Islamabad. The owners bound to adhere the decided regulations in their respective establishments. Total six months of time period given to fulfill essential criteria.
However, more than one year has passed, no response seen from owners till now, as per CDA. This final notice directs them to regularize & cease any further commercial activities here & now. Otherwise in case of incompetence, under section 49-C of CDA Ordinance-1960, buildings will be demolished without any further delay. Meanwhile, some owners have acquired stay orders from the courts & no action can be taken against them till their stay orders are expired, said Director Building Control, Faisal Naeem.
As per the previous directions of Supreme Court, the size of wedding halls limited to 2000 yards. In addition, only 2 storeys allowed. The main issue was of parking space. As there was heavy traffic jam near the areas of Murree Road, Bhara Kahu & Tramri due to events held at these respective wedding halls. Fire & safety regulations must also be followed as per the CDA by laws.