Sindh government notifies lifting ban on high rise buildings

Sindh government notifies lifting ban on high rise buildings

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Thursday notified to lift ban on approval of high rise buildings to comply with the Supreme Court order.

The apex court on December 11, 2018 passed judgment to withdraw its previous order regarding ban on construction of high rise buildings in Karachi.

A three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Sindh Building Control Authority (SCBA) to allow construction in accordance with its rules and regulations.

The Association of Builders and Developers (Abad), through its lawyer Faisal Siddiqui, filed an application against the ban on the construction of any building having more than six floors.

The bench withdrew the ban and allowed the construction of high-rise buildings in accordance with the Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations 2002.

On March 16, 2017 the apex court had imposed a ban on construction of high-rise buildings in the city and restrained the SBCA and cantonment boards from issuing building approval plans for new high-rise and multi-storey commercial and residential projects.

The judgement came in a matter relating to non-availability of potable water and deteriorating sanitation conditions in Karachi and the rest of the province, and the court had only allowed construction of buildings with ground-plus-two floors.

However, on January 14 the court had granted provisional permission to builders for construction of six storeys in the city after Abad and other bodies had moved the court for review of its March 16 order.