KARACHI – Director General Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Zafar Ahsan has said that for the facilitation all industrial zones would be dealt with as a single Zone. He was speaking to a meeting held by the Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI). President of KATI Sheikh Umer Rehan, Head of KATI’s Standing Committee on SBCA Farahan-ur-Rehman, Chairman & CEO KITE Zubair Chhaya, Masood Naqi and Vice President of KATI Syed Wajid Hussain also addressed the gathering.
DG SBCA said that under the direction of CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah we are committed to providing facilitation to the industry. He said that to facilitate the construction of industrial structures and smooth process all industrial areas would be dealt as a single zone, headed by a Director Syed Asif Rizvi. He noted that industrialization is the only solution to the economic woes of the country and we are trying an effort to facilitate the sector on our top priority. Zafar Ahsan said that SBCA is closely working with World Bank for ease of doing business and it had also shown some results as Pakistan’s ranking has improved from 128 to 108 in this regard.
President KATI Sheikh Umer Rehan said that every institution should play its role to facilitate industry. He urged to make the process of construction plan speedy and regulations should be relaxed for industrial constructions. He noted that the prices of land in industrial areas were raised so high and there is a need to facilitate the news industrial constructions. He also cited that decades-old regulations for the industry should be upgraded as per the need of the modern era. Farhan-ur-Rehman suggested reactivating an especial desk of SBCA at KATI’s headquarters. He also said that approval of construction in the Korangi Industrial Area should be conditioned with a NOC issued by KATI.
Zubair Chhaya said that if SBCA would provide us a proper guideline many ambiguities would resolve easily. He also suggested establishing a facilitation facility to provide awareness regarding the rule and regulations of SBCA. Masood Naqi mentioned that Building integrity and safety have become a prerequisite for international buyers and consumers. “ SBCA should issue completion certificate on priority basis and as soon as possible because it is also related to our export orders” he added.
On this occasion, DG SBCA directed to establish a desk at KATI under the supervision of Director Regulation Mushtaq Samaroo. He also assured to batter coordination with the industries to resolve issues faced by industries related to construction.