KARACHI: The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has demolished more than 150 “illegal structures”, most of which were being used for residential purposes, in line with its recent campaign against the buildings which were raised violating the defined laws.

According to a statement, the campaign, launched on the direct orders of SBCA Director General Abdul Rasheed Solangi, was going on in “full swing” that targeted additional floors, portions and other illegal constructions, including violations of land use. Such constructions were demolished and sealed in different districts of the city, it added.

The SBCA had last month announced to launch operation against the illegal buildings across Karachi. The orders came days after the Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani visited the SBCA headquarters and asked the authority to stop illegal constructions in Karachi, given the fact that illegal buildings created a mess in any city.

Earlier this week, the Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) in a meeting with SBCA DG assured its support for the ongoing demolition campaign against illegal constructions. During the meeting, the ABAD delegation highlighted various challenges encountered by the construction industry, emphasising the importance of collaboration between the private sector and regulatory authorities.

Chairman Asif Sumsum underscored the significance of streamlined communication and cooperation to ensure the sustainable growth of the construction sector.

Mr Solangi commended ABAD’s proactive approach and reiterated the authority’s commitment to combatting illegal constructions within the city. He emphasised a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of unauthorised construction activity, stressing the importance of adherence to regulatory guidelines for the safety and integrity of structures.

Furthermore, both parties discussed the implementation of measures to enhance transparency and accountability in the construction process.

Mr Solangi urged ABAD members to prominently display project details on under-construction buildings, facilitating greater transparency and accountability within the industry.

Assuring the ABAD delegation of swift resolutions, Mr Solangi affirmed that all issues concerning the construction industry would be addressed promptly. He expressed confidence in the collaborative efforts between ABAD and SBCA to overcome challenges and foster a conducive environment for sustainable development.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2024

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