PM Khan pays Rs1.2m in fine to get his Banigala house regularised
Islamabad (TP) December 21, 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan has paid Rs1.206 million in fine to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to get his palatial house regularized in the Banigala area of Islamabad.
According to a letter of the CDA, a copy is available with The Punch, the prime minister paid the fine on account of without approval charge” and scrutiny fee to get his house regularized in the Banigala area, where the CDA has also given approval for the regularization of six other houses.
“The CDA is pleased to approve the building plans for the building be constructed on Khasra No. 1939, Khewat no, 960, Khatooni no, 1652,1654,1656,1658,1660 & 1674 Mouza Mohra Noor, Islamabad,” said the approval letter of the civic agency.
According to a report in Dawn, Khan’s Banigala house has been regularised by the CDA under new bylaws approved by the federal cabinet last year.
“The Islamabad Capital Territory Residential Sectors Zoning (Building Control) Regulations 2020 were finalised by a commission constituted by the cabinet in Dec 2018 for revision of Islamabad’s master plan. However, after finalising the bylaws and offering recommendations, the commission “left” the revision of the master plan to a consultant firm. But no consultant firm has been hired so far to revise the master plan,” according to Dawn.
According to CDA officials, Mr Khan’s house falls in sub-zone B of zone IV, where construction took place without permission from the authority, but it “falls in permissible area” where houses can be regularised.
After charging regularisation fee, we have regularised the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” CDA Deputy Director (building control) Rahim Bangash told Dawn.
Mr Bangash, who issued the approval letter in March this year, said Mr Khan’s house was constructed without the CDA’s permission, but it was located in a permissible area, where houses could be regularised so the authority had regularised under new bylaws.