Federal Cabinet waives ban on skyscrapers in Islamabad 

Federal Cabinet of Pakistan has decided to lift restriction on high-rise buildings in Islamabad on March 26th. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary, announced several decisions regarding the updated aviation policy. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan desires to see the vertical-dimension growth of capital instead of horizontally.

Previously, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had banned 20-floor buildings in the 15 KM radius from Islamabad Airport. Imran Khan on February 12, directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to review its regulations & planning regarding the high-rise buildings. PM believed that construction of high-rise buildings will cater the affordable housing needs of citizens to a major extent. Also, he asked to present comprehensive strategy to protect the green character in the federal capital.

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As per the new notification, builders will no longer need to acquire any NOC from CDA or CAA to construct skyscrapers in the territory of Islamabad. PM encourages CDA & CAA to establish business-oriented & uniform rules that provides convenience to developers for doing their business. This decision has been taken after a series of meetings, chaired by PM, with CDA & CAA officials.

The federal cabinet has taken this decision to promote tourism & boost up the real estate industry in Pakistan. Fawad Chaudhary said “It is hoped that this decision will bring foreign investment into the housing & construction sector.” Further, he added that there will be a review agreements with all the foreign airlines in future.

According to new directives, all areas kept opened for high-rise buildings except the ones that lie in the funnel area of the two airports in Islamabad. Earlier, Supreme Court of Pakistan had also lift ban against high-rise buildings’ construction in Karachi.

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