CDA uses geo-tagging technology to identify unauthorized structures in Islamabad

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Building Control Wing (South Division) has identified 597 unauthorized structures spread across Islamabad with advanced geo-tagging technology, according to news published on April 16.

Geo-Tagging Properties

The first stage of geo-tagging properties began approximately 3 months ago. This encompasses authorized and unauthorized commercial structures within the purview of the Building Control Wing (South Division). It was highlighted that CDA is initially focused on using the insights collected by this technology. It enhances internal procedures and plans to extend this data to citizens (via its official website) in the subsequent stages. As per the sources, the list of unauthorized properties with their precise coordinates, was duly forward to the Directorate of Enforcement for the formulation of a corrective strategy. If you are considering investing in a Smart City and CDA-approved housing society in Islamabad, you should consider Capital Smart City Islamabad.

CDA Operations

Meanwhile, CDA Information Technology Directorate is working to make the data available on the authority’s official website. The authority officials hailed this digital outreach as a significant move in enlightening the public. It cultivates awareness to mitigate potential future liabilities. Historically, information confines to physical files, lacking a holistic automated mechanism for centralized data collection.

Comprehensive Survey

However, a recent comprehensive field survey leveraged geo-tagging via Google Maps, effectively merging vital particulars with precise building locations. Once available online, a comprehensive repository of information encompassing both commercial and residential structures. Although, it will be accessible to the public, streamlining future decision-making processes. This innovative strategy poises to empower users to swiftly retrieve location coordinates. Also, its dimensions, conditions, legal standings, and ownership specifics with a single click. Read: CDA Implements Section 144 In ISB To Prevent Encroachment On Federal Lands

Report Evaluation

According to reports, Muhammad Shafi Marwat, the Director of Building Control South, has confirmed the compilation of a roster cataloging unlawful commercial edifices. Each intricately mapps through geo-tagging.


Nevertheless, the deployment of geo-tagging technology marks a crucial step toward ensuring that legitimate structures come to light and addresses promptly. Additionally, through this technological intervention, Islamabad’s charm and urban order are set to protect for generations to come.

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