CDA seeks stability certificates of buildings
ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday asked the owners of the buildings of the federal capital to submit stability certificates of their respective buildings by November 30.
According to a spokesman of the CDA, the stability certificates issued by approved vetting consultants would be accepted. The certificates should be under the provisions of building code of Pakistan. He said that the damaged structures should be rectified immediately as the occupation of any building prior to issuance of its fitness certificate is violation of CDA ordinance and building regulations 2005. The authority would not be responsible in case of the loss of life and property of any mishap untoward incident for the illegal occupation, he said.
Meanwhile, the authority is planning to revise building codes after seeking recommendations from structure assessment consultants aiming to overcome short-comings and avoiding future losses. The civic body has already tasked reputed structure, design experts and firms to carry out survey of the high rise buildings in the federal capital aiming to revisit the building code keeping in view the recent earthquake.
The CDA after seeking input of structure engineers and firms would study the data and revise the building codes in light of recommendations by the structure assessment consultants. The authority’s emergency and disaster management has already deployed various teams after the earthquake to inspect the high rise buildings and find out emergency equipment installed in the buildings as well as the entry and exit points during the emergency situation.