Islamabad, July 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has welcomed the CDA’s move to remove commercial activities from residential areas as due to this situation, business in markets was badly suffering.
Khalid Chaudhry, Acting President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Islamabad High Court had directed CDA to remove all commercial activities from residential premises within one month and CDA should form a task force to comply with the orders of Islamabad High Court.
He said in connivance with some officers and officials of CDA’s Building Control Section (BCS), businesses are is running in about 10,000 residential premises due to which business in markets is affecting while street crimes are also on the rise in such residential areas. He said due to flourishing of business in residential houses, people are taking less interest in the auction of CDA’s commercial plots.
He stressed that Maroof Afazl, Chairman and Amer Ali Ahmed, Member Administration CDA should take urgent notice of this situation and issue orders for removal of all commercial activities from residential areas in Islamabad.
He said many businesses including restaurants, furniture showrooms, clinics, schools, beauty parlors, readymade garments, massage centers, guest houses and private offices etc. are thriving in the residential areas due to which privacy of citizens is suffering while street crimes have increased manifold while the citizens feel greatly disturbed.
Khalid Chaudhry said due to mushroom growth in business activities in residential areas, 40 percent markets in commercial centers are lying vacant as there is a huge difference in utility tariffs for commercial and residential areas. That’s why investors are not taking much interest in the auction of commercial plots and CDA is also losing billions of rupees on this account.
He said CDA should take action against those officers who are involved in non-conforming use of residential houses and seal all such premises so that business in markets could grow which will help in improving tax revenue for the government and creating more job opportunities as well.
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Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950