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RDA in-Action Against Social Media Campaigns for Illegal Housing Societies

The rise in illegal property schemes is a cause for concern among buyers and authorities. Unscrupulous individuals or companies often try to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers by promoting illegal property schemes.

Illegal Housing Societies

Illegal property schemes typically lack necessary approvals, permits, and legal documentation, which could result in significant financial loss for the buyers. It is important for buyers to conduct thorough research with due diligence, before investing in any property scheme to avoid falling victim to fraudulent activities.


RDA’s Approach

The Rawalpindi Development Authority  has instructed its officials to enforce the law and take severe action against illegal housing schemes. The Director General (DG) of Rawalpindi Development Authority, Saif Anwar Jappa, has instructed officers to take action without any bias towards violators of regulations. This directive comes from the RDA spokesperson.

The DG has affirmed that the authorities will persist in carrying out actions against unlawful housing schemes. The DG has also advised the authorities to monitor the housing schemes’ activities regularly. Following the DG’s instructions, the authorities have written letters to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Federal Investigation Agency (Cyber Crime Wing) Islamabad, and Federal Board of Revenue, requesting that they put an end to the illegal advertising of private housing schemes on social media.

According to the Rawalpindi Development Authority spokesperson, owners of such projects have been warned that launching any commercial or residential housing project without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RDA is illegal. All advertisements, marketing, and development activities related to such projects would also be considered unlawful. The DG has advised citizens to avoid investing in illegal housing schemes and check the status of housing projects on the RDA’s official website. The owners and sponsors of illegal housing schemes have been warned of severe consequences and directed to stop marketing their unapproved and illegal housing schemes and acquire the necessary NOC.


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The DG has instructed the Planning Wing of the Rawalpindi Development Authority to regularly supervise the activities of dishonest individuals and demolish site offices and illegal structures while lodging FIRs against violators of regulations. The spokesperson has also mentioned that the DG ordered the Law Officers of the authority to compile comprehensive case files and present solid evidence against illegal housing projects in court, so that their administration can be penalized in accordance with the law. Additionally, the DG has directed Assistant Directors to provide daily progress reports. The spokesperson added that the DG has also instructed the MP&TE Directorate to take strict and impartial action against unauthorized housing schemes, construction, and encroachments.

Before making a property purchase, it is crucial for the buyer to ensure the legality of the property. It is advisable for the investor to purchase from a trusted company or builder. Sapphire Builders & Associates strives to maintain a trustworthy partnership with their clients and provide the best possible services.

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