CDA Comes In Action!!!
Safa Gold Mall is located in Jinnah Super, F-7, Islamabad, Pakistan. As both Centaurus and Safa Gold Mall are located in Islamabad, there is quite a competition between both mega Malls. Those who look for peaceful shopping and a calm environment, prefer Safa Gold Mall as it’s not overcrowded.
There are more than 150 local and international brands in the Mall ranging from women stores to men, kids, domestic shops etc. There is a multiplex cinema theater is the Mall and a rooftop glass restaurant will also soon launch in the Mall attracting more crowd.
Safa Gold Mall is famous among those people who enjoy peaceful shopping and don’t like hustle and bustle. Safa Gold Mall has a lot of options when it comes to shopping for kids and home décor. It also has a bowling arena and the food court is very economical and has enormous variety.
However, the Capital Development Authority in a half-hearted move partially sealed the Safa Gold Mall at late night on Saturday, leaving a sense of fear of loss of heavy investments among rest of the traders.
Officials of Building Control Section, Estate Management and enforcement directorates of the CDA took part in the operation while the magisterial cover was provided by the ICT administration.
According to sources, basement of the shopping mall, offices of the management and food courts were sealed by CDA after which the operation was suspended following a resistance from the management of the shopping mall.
The CDA had auctioned plot No 5 at Jinnah Super Market in 2010 where its health department was once located. But in a questionable move, the civic agency converted the facility into a commercial plot.
First, the CDA allowed him to construct additional floors but later withdrew the permission. NAB also investigated the case and several officials of the CDA faced jail and trial in the scam. Later, 3 unauthorized stories were constructed on the plot. The CDA gave the permit to the plot owner for constructing the additional floors however withdrew the permission later.
In the meantime, the investors who bought or took the shops in the shopping mall on rent heavily criticized the development authority for the sealing operation and asked if the mall was illegal, then why in the first place it was permitted to construct and why all the taxes were being deduced by the Directorate of Municipal Administration and FBR.
Recently, while hearing a case, the Supreme Court observed that if Safa Gold Mall was constructed on a hospital plot, the plot should be retrieved, directing the chairman CDA to take action in this regard.
However, the city mangers before going for sealing operation also contacted NAB and sought a go ahead as the investigating agency is probing the case, which was granted accordingly. NAB has suggested the civic body to fulfill with the court orders in letter and spirit, without any delay.
When contacted, CDA spokesperson Syed Safdar Ali said that after receiving the go-ahead from NAB, the civic agency was free to take action against the mall and we have initiated the process according to the rules and regulations.
For now, the investors, who purchased or take the shops in the shopping mall on rent criticized the CDA for the sealing operation and questioned if the mall was illegal, then why it was allowed to be built and why all taxes were being collected by Directorate of Municipal Administration and Federal Board of Revenue.
By: Huma Nawab