The district administration of Peshawar banned 181 private housing societies in the provincial capital for functioning in violation of the prescribed regulations of Peshawar Development Authority under KP Govt.
The ban was placed on the housing societies by the district administration on the recommendation of PDA.
Out of 181 illegal housing societies functioning in provincial capital, 123 were in Shah Alam tehsil, 25 in City tehsil, 24 in Saddar tehsil and nine in Mattani tehsil.
The building control agency PDA recommended banning all sorts of land transfers, mutations and registries in unregistered/illegal housing societies till they obtained a valid No Objection Certificate from the competent forum.
PDA Director General Syed Zafar Ali Shah told Dawn that the banned private housing societies were not following Peshawar Development Authority Private Housing Scheme Regulations, 2019.
The regulations states the land acquisition collector (LAC) shall certify that the width of access road is not less than 30 feet. The LAC is also responsible to verify the non-encumbrance certificate from the relevant government office thereby certifying that the land has not been notified by the government for any other purpose.
Under the regulations, the developers are bound to left seven per cent open space or parks of the total land acquired for the development of the housing scheme, two per cent for graveyard, five per cent for commercial area and five per cent for public buildings.
Similarly, PDA has fixed maximum size of residential plot 10,890 square feet (two kanals) and minimum size of residential plot 816.75 square feet (three marlas), internal roads with minimum 30 feet right of way and a 10-marla plot for solid waste management
“This action was taken after several notices were served by PDA on them and registration of FIRs against them for violation of law,” he said.
According to PDA Director, ban on the illegal societies would remain intact till they fulfilled the requirements mentioned in the regulations.
Moreover, Peshawar Police has also registered 119 FIRs against illegal housing societies on the application of Peshawar Development Authority, informed by CCPO Peshawar Mr Abbas Ahsan.
The action was taken on the directives of the provincial government following a request by the Peshawar Development Authority.
“The Peshawar Police have registered 119 FIRs against illegal housing societies on the application of Peshawar Development Authority,” said Capital City Police Officer Abbas Ahsan.
The cases were lodged in different police stations across the provincial capital.
According to the record of the Peshawar Development Authority, around 156 illegal housing societies were set up in the provincial capital without obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authorities concerned.
The housing societies were functioning illegally and never submitted the required legal documents and fulfilled the requirements under the law.
Most of the housing societies did not provide the required facilities to the owners of plots and houses as required by law.
Besides, many townships lacked proper power and gas connections, mosques, greenbelts, schools and other required facilities for the residents. This was bothering the residents for a long time.
There was no maintenance of roads, streets and sewerage system in many other townships that were set up in Peshawar in recent years.