Pakistan: Real estate projects in Karachi to carry QR codes

Karachi: Under-construction residential and commercial buildings in Karachi will now display a board carrying a Quick Response (QR) code enabling the concerned citizens to speedily determine the legal status of the upcoming projects in the city by using their smartphones.

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah asked the concerned real estate builders in the city to ensure this arrangement for their upcoming projects in the city as he met a delegation of their representative association known as Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD).

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The direction of the Sindh CM came in the backdrop that illegally constructed multi-storied residential-cum-commercial buildings in Karachi have emerged as one of the major civic problems in the city. In the recent past, some of these buildings accidentally collapsed resulting in loss of lives and injuries to people. Illegal buildings also cause vehicular parking, sewerage, drainage, water supply, and waste disposal problems in Karachi.

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The CM said on the occasion that illegally constructed buildings had emerged as a major civic problem in Karachi as the government was going to take stern action against this problem.

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He asked the ABAD delegation to get the QR code issued for their upcoming residential buildings from the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) to show that their upcoming real estate ventures are properly authorized by the SBCA.

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The CM said that installation of the board having the QR code by the new real estate projects would also be helpful for his government to know the legal status of any new building being built in the city so to quickly take action against the unauthorized buildings.

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He asked the SBCA officials to make arrangements to issue similar QR codes for the existing buildings so that general public could also know about their legal status.

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The ABAD delegation offered to the CM to join hands with his government to build low-cost housing projects for the deprived sections of the society under the public-private partnership mode of development.

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The CM accepted the offer and asked the Local Government Department of his government to prepare a summary on basis of the ABAD’s proposal for its approval by the provincial cabinet.

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He said that procedure of getting approval from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency for new building projects would be simplified to facilitate the concerned builders.

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The CM assured the delegation that his government would resolve all genuine problems of the concerned builders speedily to promote construction activity in Karachi.

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