ISLAMABAD, Dec 2: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is making a law under which an owner will have to clear all utility bills before selling a commercial or residential unit in Islamabad, a well-informed source told Dawn on Sunday.

The source said the CDA had been constantly receiving complaints that some people did not clear their utility bills before selling their commercial and residential units to others. As a result, the buyers have to face difficulties and pay the bills. Sometimes, they have to face hardships even in getting new connections of gas, electricity and telephone.

The source said that a good number of people had taken the matter to courts of law stating they should not be forced to pay the bills of utilities, which they had not consumed. Several cases were still pending in various courts, he added.

Under the proposed law, it will be obligatory for the owner to obtain an NOC from the CDA before disposing off his property.

He said the CDA would issue NOC only after getting clearance certificates from PTCL, Sui Northern Gas Supply Lines (SNGPL) and Iesco.

Opinion

Editorial

07 Dec 2021

Losing fiscal discipline

ONE of the several changes proposed in the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act of 2005, seeking major...
07 Dec 2021

Taliban brutality

LAST WEEK, the US, the Western countries and other allies joined hands to condemn the Afghan Taliban for the alleged...
Dangerous justification
Updated 07 Dec 2021

Dangerous justification

AT a time when millions worldwide are consumed with anger and despair over the barbaric lynching of a Sri Lankan...
Who should vote?
06 Dec 2021

Who should vote?

Logistical issues regarding transparency in the casting of votes also require detailed deliberations.
06 Dec 2021

Weak fundamentals

LAST week, Pakistan’s finance chief Shaukat Tarin sought to reassure the markets and people that our economic...
06 Dec 2021

Winter sports potential

FOR a country blessed with three of the world’s most famous mountain ranges, Pakistan has produced precious few...