The Peshawar district administration has banned 181 private housing societies in the provincial capital on the recommendation of the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA).
These societies were violating the Peshawar Development Authority Private Housing Scheme Regulations, 2019.
PDA Director-General, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, said, “This action was taken after several notices were served by PDA on them and FIRs were registered against them for violation of the law,” adding that the ban will remain in place until the societies abide by the regulations.
123 out of the 181 illegal housing societies were located in Shah Alam tehsil, 25 in City tehsil, 24 in Saddar tehsil, and nine in Mattani tehsil.
A notification issued by the district administration read,
A number of illegal housing societies have sprung up in an uncontrolled manner, which are defrauding the public at large, and the competent authority has directed for strict implementation of laws on the subject matter, and to initiate action against such illegal housing societies and curtail the spread of such societies in a haphazard manner.
According to the Director-General, the housing societies banned were operating without obtaining a valid No Objection Certificate from PDA.
He directed the district administration to register FIRs against the societies, but they did not pay heed.
“If there are laws and regulations, why the private housing societies are not following the same,” inquired Mr. Shah.
These societies did not provide basic facilities to the residents even though under the regulations the private housing societies are bound to provide them to their residents.