Approval of building plans is taking 45 days in Karachi

Karachi (HRNW) Seeking approval of building plans in Karachi is taking 45 days now. The process should ideally take 14 days.

In the last two months, at least 636 building plans have been sent to the authority, but only 220 have been approved.

The main reason for the delay seems to be that town directors can no longer approve plans of residential, commercial, or public sale projects.

Town directors were given the power as the DG was usually preoccupied with matters dealing with the smooth flow of public dealings, an employee said.

The decision was, however, reversed by SBCA Director General Shamsuddin Soomro, who was appointed in November 2020. Since the DG is busy with other work, he doesn’t get a lot of time to review building plans and approve them.

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