Capital Development Authority Chairperson Amir Ahmed Ali says multi-storey buildings comparatively occupy less land. That is why, he says, we need to go up vertically to preserve green areas.
He was speaking in reference to a decision approved by the federal cabinet last week allowing the construction of high-rise buildings in Islamabad.
“The cabinet has finished the height restrictions now,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said after the cabinet meeting.
This means that builders will no longer need to get any NOC (no-objection certificate) from the CDA or Civil Aviation Authority before constructing any buildings.
On Monday, the CDA chief said the ever-increasing population [of Islamabad] forced them to take a decision to build towering structures.
“We never thought the city would grow into a population of 2-2.5 million,” he said, adding that the law is applicable to all citizens.
The chairperson of the civic body assured that every law-abiding citizen is entitled to construct high-rise buildings.
The government’s decision will help resolve the housing problems in the city, says a resident of Islamabad. It will also help maintain the city’s natural beauty, he said.
“It’s a good step. People in Islamabad have large plots of four or five kanals. Half of the city’s population may be accommodated if high structures of flats are built on these plots,” said another resident.
“Greenery is fast vanishing from the city and pollution is on the rise. This is why the step is good to keep the city green,” said a citizen.
During the past 20 years, the population of the federal capital has doubled from 805,235 in 1998 to 2.07 million in 2017.