ISLAMABAD The use of residential units for business purpose in the federal capital goes unchecked while taking the benefit of the negligence on the part of authorities concerned the criminal practice is getting momentum. In almost all the residential sectors of the Capital, the violators in a clear violation of the defined regulations in this regard are freely and easily running their businesses that even included embassies beside student hostels, lawyer chambers, beauty parlours, offices of the NGOs, schools, colleges, tuition academies and other hundred kinds of businesses. Even at this time when high security is needed, the authorities including the Capital Development Authority and Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) seemed least bother to pay their part in ensuring better law and order situation. It is pertinent to mention here that the government had promulgated The Islamabad Residential Sectors Zoning (Building-Control) Regulations 1993. Its sub-section 5.02 and 5.03 of Section 5 'Ban on non-conforming uses state that no land or building will be put to a non-conforming use. The law clearly mentions that any building or structure that is not permitted under the law will either be removed or converted into a building or structure designed or intended for a use authorised or permitted under this regulation. The law penalises the owner and the occupant of the building with heavy fines and dispossession. Moreover the allotment deed of the plot may also be cancelled. Mustafain Kazmi, spokesperson for CDA, while talking to TheNation, said that the civic agency was strictly ensuring the defined provisions of the regulations in this regard. He said, In recent past we had issued notices to the owners of the houses found indulge in this practice, adding, The CDAs department concerned has formulated a new list of the violators and within a couple of days the civic agency is going to advertise this list in newspapers, and strict action will be taken against them if they (violators) do not comply with the directives of the authority. An official in Building Control department of the CDA said that they had introduced some strict rules in this regard. Fine for the violators has been increased to Rs 500,000, but besides this the CDA did not issue no objection certificate for transfer purposes, to the houses fall in the category of non-confirming use. However, he admitted that the political pressure in this regard hindered them to punish such violators. An owner of a chain of student hostels in residential areas, wishing anonymity, while talking to TheNation, razed the tall claims of the CDA officials to the ground by saying that he had been running the business in residential areas for the past three years, however he never received any notice from the CDA in this regard. Negating the number of violations given by the CDA officials, he said, I know 80 to 90 such student hostels are being run in different sectors of the Capital and it is only one category. He said such student hostels were located in G-6, G-9, I-8, I-9, I-10, F-8 and their sub-sectors. Approximately 35 such student hostels are in I-10 Sector. The CDA officials were demanded to devise a comprehensive strategy and should locate some place for the student hostels in the Capital.