Mega Housing Project in Islamabad Sealed By Regulatory Authority

DESPARDES REPORT — The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has reportedly stopped Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation’ (PHAF) from constructing its mega housing project worth billions.

The project is now sealed after instances of widespread corruption, rampant violation of rules and manipulation of documents, The News reported.

There are serious concerns about the safety of the entire project – 3200 apartments – in Sector I-12 of the federal capital, it said.

The PHAF launched the scheme for government employees in 2016, and has so far gathered billions of rupees through booking forms. 

Citing as one of the design overlooks (error/omission) or deficiencies, the report says “some of the building blocks are being raised when a natural stream flows right through the middle of it”.

Another deficiency cited as per official record was that Mienheardt designed the structures on bearing capacity of (only) 0.75 tons per square foot, “which is far below the required bearing capacity for structures of this kind”.

The design firm has been asked to submit calculations on the bearing capacity of the soil, it said.

According to the report, Structural designer Saad Saood, who signed the stability certificate, contended that there was nothing wrong with the structure. He blamed misinformation for delays on the project.

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