Islamabad, February 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): Growth of business activities in residential areas is taking a taking heavy toll on the businesses being run in commercial areas and CDA should take urgent measures to eliminate all such illegal businesses from residential areas, said Khalid Mian, President, ICT Chamber of Small Traders and President, Traders Welfare Association, I-9 Markaz in a statement.
He said as per master plan of CDA, business activities in Islamabad can be done only in designated commercial centres and markets, but mushroom growth of such activities in residential areas is badly hurting the business of legal traders and discouraging the business activities in commercial centres.
He appealed to the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and Chairman CDA Mr. Maroof Afzal to take notice of such illegal activities and issue orders for their urgent elimination.
Mian Khalid said illegal business activities in residential areas are being done in connivance with CDA’s Building Control Section Inspectors and staff as Inspector Ali Raza, Assistant Director and others are directly involved in this game.
He said traders of commercial centres/markets have to pay commercial tariff for electricity, gas and water services, but those doing business in residential areas are paying domestic tariff for utility services. This discrepancy in tariff provides an edge to illegal traders and erodes the business interests of legal traders.
He said many illegal businesses including furniture showrooms, boutiques, beauty parlours, schools, clinics, guest houses and gyms etc. have cropped up in residential houses and are causing problems for residents ending their privacy. He demanded for thorough inquiry and strong disciplinary against BCS Inspectors and staff of CDA who are directly involved in allowing such illegal activities in residential houses.
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