Rawalpindi is one of the ancient cities in the subcontinent, with a plethora of features dating back to time immemorial. Unlike the planned city of Islamabad neighboring it, Rawalpindi is unplanned. Rawalpindi’s development was rather spontaneous, with commercial areas and houses built at a rapid pace, with little or no symmetrical structure. In this blog, we are going to list down a few RDA approved housing societies

What is RDA?

RDA is the initialism used for Rawalpindi Development Authority. It is an autonomous regulatory body responsible for providing municipal services to Rawalpindi’s people. These services are provided to the citizen using the tax revenue collected by them. This institution is currently the most important one in terms of keeping a check on the new housing societies being developed in the city. This is primarily because it makes sure that all standards for development are being followed and people can be saved from fraudulent activities. These bodies can influence the real estate market in Pakistan greatly. 

Why RDA’s approval is needed for a housing society?

The approval of RDA is much needed for housing societies to prove to potential customers of real estate products that it is entirely legal. The authorities have now published a list of RDA-approved housing societies. For a housing society, it is hard to operate in the real estate market in Pakistan unless it has the approval of these regulators. It will ultimately lead to reduced sales and high losses.

If you are interested in knowing the procedure one must follow to legalize a housing society, you can check out the website of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). For now, scroll down to know about the list of these RDA-approved housing societies.

Capital Smart City


The developers of Capital Smart City marketed it as the first-ever smart city in Pakistan. The claim was that it is an environment-friendly housing society. The good news is that it is one of the RDA-approved housing societies. The NOC to Capital Smart City was awarded in 2019. It makes it completely safe and legal. There are multiple housing societies in its surroundings, which means that industrial sites will be far from the region. It will help the residents have a clean and green environment.

The Capital Smart City location is close to the Islamabad International Airport. Plus, it being on the route of CPEC and Rawalpindi Ring Road will make it a cash cow in the future. It will then be able to pay a handsome amount of profits to its investors. So, the positive cash flows will rise in the real estate market in Pakistan. The developers of Capital Smart City have now started a new housing society in Lahore.

Taj Residencia


The developers of Centaurus mall have now developed a new venture — Taj Residencia. The aim was to sell it as a premium real estate product. The Taj Residencia promises to provide its residents with the best luxury living projects within Rawalpindi. The news of the second Centaurus Mall building in this housing society floated. The most important feature that you will find in no other RDA-approved housing societies is the Centaurus Mall having a roller coaster on its rooftop! RDA granted NOC to Taj Residencia and was expected to launch in 2019.

The Taj Residencia location is parallel to I-14 and I-15 sectors. The developers have built an aura of the project that is appealing and attracts families. It aims to help overall investment in real estate in Pakistan to increase. The Taj hospital, Taj educational institute, sports complex, and royal club are a few of its salient features.

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Top City-1


The Top City-1 is one of the favorites among the RDA-approved housing societies. The NOC approval allowed the project to extend over 9081 Kanal land of Rawalpindi. Its available plots vary in size from 5 Marlas to 10 Marlas and 1 Kanal. The design of Top City-1 is a way that it must not destroy the natural landscape of the area. The developers made sure that they leave the natural greenery the way it is. The owners ensure the security and a better lifestyle of the dwellers of Top City-1.

The Top City-1 location is one of the finest among the housing societies of Rawalpindi. It is not far away from the International Islamabad Airport. The Kashmir Highway passes near the Top City-1. So, it is accessible through the Islamabad and Lahore motorways, along with Grand Trunk Road. 

Safari Valley Bahria Town


Bahria Town was one of the first projects in the real estate market in Pakistan aimed to provide its inhabitants with all the luxuries. The Safari Valley is yet another project of Bahria Town. It has commercial hubs, green areas, a mosque along with every basic necessity. The Safari Valley location is close to Adyala Road. Other projects of Bahria Town, such as Bahria Greens, and Bahria Phase 8, surround it. So, the residents will have access to the facilities offered by them. The Safari Valley Bahria Town is one of the RDA-approved housing societies. The NOC approval of 4313 Kanal declared Safari Valley to be legal.

Airport Green Garden

The growing housing industry of Pakistan is seeing the development of new housing schemes day by day. As the name suggests, this is one of the RDA-approved housing societies close to Islamabad International Airport. It is a few minutes driving distance from the airport. Besides that, the location of Airport Green Garden is just next to Top City-1. With superior development standards, the Airport green garden promises to provide underground electric supply, hi-tech hospitals, quality education, etc.

Gandhara City


Gandhara City is another scheme from the list of RDA-approved housing societies. It means it has the NOC approval of about 400 Kanal of land covered by it. It adds to its credibility and it is secure to pool your investment. The Gandhara City location is adjacent to the Islamabad International Airport. It is named after Gandhara Civilization. The developers aim to provide art facilities to the citizens of Rawalpindi. It hasn’t been the aim of any housing society in the real estate market in Pakistan. Gandhara City is an affordable, beautiful gated housing scheme built to promote art and culture. It provides almost all the facilities residents would need.

DHA Phase 1 Rawalpindi

DHA-Phase-1-Rawalpindi: RDA approved housing society

Defense Housing Authority (DHA) has established itself as a real estate brand over the years. With the passing of time, it has become a top-rated housing scheme in Pakistan in terms of facilities it provides and investment opportunities. 

Like the previous housing societies, DHA Phase 1 Rawalpindi has its NOC approved. So, it is among the top RDA-approved housing societies. It is trying to meet the same standards that DHA has been providing in the real estate market in Pakistan. It ensures to provide exquisite life for the residents. The DHA Phase1 Rawalpindi location is just where Bahria Greens and Bahria Civic Centre are present.

Central Board of Revenue (CBR ECHS)


CBR Employees Co-operative Housing Society focused on providing Rawalpindi’s citizens with a quality living standard at affordable rates. After the success of its first phase in the real estate market in Pakistan, CBR ECHS is all set to instigate Phase 2. After the NOC approval in 2011, CBR town is included in the list of RDA-approved housing societies. The expectation is like the previous project phase 2 will meet all the needs of the potential residents. The CBR ECHS location is mainly near Kot Thalian interchange. Which makes Islamabad International Airport and Islamabad Motorway easily accessible from there. It covers almost 2300 Kanal of area.

Al-Haram City

Al-Haram-City: RDA approved housing society

Al-Haram City is our last pick for the list of RDA-approved housing societies. The approval is against NOC#796. Al-Haram City has 3 main gates, which make it secure and easily accessible. Al-Haram City blends modernity with nature. The infrastructure is developed without disturbing much of the natural greenery. It makes fresh and clean air accessible for the residents of Al-Haram City. Al-Haram location is at Chakri Road and at a short distance from CMH hospital. Al-Haram city has a vision of catering to all the needs of the residents. There are several recreational centers, parks, supermarkets, a golf course, and much more. 

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