Apex court allows maximum six-storied buildings in Karachi

KARACHI: Allowing construction of maximum six-storied buildings, the Supreme Court on Saturday strictly restrained the builders from raising more than six floors in any part of Karachi.

The apex court bench, headed by the CJP and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a miscellaneous application of Association of Builders And Developers (ABAD), requesting it to lift the ban on construction of high-rise buildings.

The apex court, while hearing the case pertaining to provision of pure drinking water and sanitation issues, in March 2017 had imposed a ban on construction of multi-storied building until the issues are resolved.

ABAD in its application pleaded the court to lift its ban, maintaining that allotees of new projects were suffering as they could not be handed over possession of their flats or floors booked earlier.

The lawyer, representing the builders’ association argued that there was no shortage of the water in the city as the issue was only fair distribution.

While remarking that they could not allow more than six-storied buildings, the court strictly directed the builders to follow its directives in this regard.