2nd meeting of Prevention Committee on Private Housing Sector, Builders & Construction Industries, was held on 22nd March 2017. In pursuance of discussion held on the issues being dealt under Prevention Committee, the committee discussed to formulate workable recommendations on the stipulated terms of reference. Following were discussed
No coordination exist among various agencies/ authorities and service providing departments which is the main obstacle in the identification of the problems and their eradication. It was suggested that clear and valid NOCs from utility providers be sought at the time of initiation of projects.
Coordination need to be enhanced by establishing committees of Board of Revenue, Land Utilization Department, land owning agencies etc to deal with issues related to mutation of Land, multiple / Duplicate allotments, bogus entries, illegal allotments, illegal changes in layout plans, cancellation of allotments defective title, non-execution of lease etc.
To ensure quality and accountability of builders and developers, it was proposed to make it mandatory for all the developers and builders to register with ABAD.
Delay in completion of projects is mainly due to non-provision of water, gas and electricity connections by the service delivery departments. Moreover, allottees also make delay in payments. It was suggested that utility providers may be held bound to furnish service by the end of completion of project.
It was suggested to formulate an effective monitoring and enforcement mechanism to deal with issues related to physical possession, non transfer of title, overcharging or escalation, delays in completion, non-development of infrastructure despite collection, Quality control etc
Public usually don’t have an excess to information related to the genuineness of the ongoing and newly announced housing projects and that’s why end up losing hard earned money. It was suggested that all forms, documents, maps and records should be available on website of relevant authorities to ensure transparency and eliminate frauds.
Simplification of procedures is required in the sector to address problems of the people. One window operation may be formulated and adopted at departmental level for the speedy disposal of the matters.
Authorities and service delivery departments related to the private housing sector need to design a mechanism for addressing public grievances.
Currently the land records of the Karachi city are in bad shape. Computerization of land records for the correct identification of ownership and other aspects is enviable.
Effective decision making and planning is required to remove land encroachments as the same is one of the main reason behind non completion of many housing projects since long period of time. It was suggested to establish Anti-enforcement cells by land owning agencies to tackle the issue.
Certain procedures of Estate department and SBCA are over lapping related to the grant of approvals for the building layout and design. The same required immediate attention of the authorities.
Revision of outdated laws related to land matters is also required which are to be identified by SBCA along with Land owning agencies.
A meeting of Prevention Committee on Education and Literacy Department was held on 28th December 2016. Discussion on recommendations drafted by A&P Wing was made by the members in the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on 24th January 2017.
Two meetings of Prevention Committee on Education and Literacy Department were held during the month. One meeting was held on 27th February 2017 in which a briefing was called from Sindh Text Book Board with respect to matters relevant to Prevention Committee on Education & Literacy Department. Other was held on 28th February 2017 in which briefing was called from Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority
A meeting of Prevention Committee on Health Department with focal person of Health Department, Mr. Ibrahim Memon, Deputy Secretary was held on 20th December 2016. It was informed by members from Health Department Government of Sindh that a lot of work is under process in the areas such as computerization of employees’ data and overall monitoring of the existing Health Programs under Health Department, Government of Sindh. It was also decided that the updated implementation status of the recommendations will be forwarded to NAB Karachi by January 2017.
A meeting of Private Housing Sector, Construction and Building Industry was held on 29th December 2016 under the Chairmanship of DG NAB Karachi. The meeting was attended by full quorum. Terms of reference prepared by subject committee were discussed in detail which pertain to Builders and developers, public at large and the service providers. Input from all members is solicited by 14th January 2016. Further discussion and deliberation shall be made in the next meeting.