CDA chairman gives a new look to ‘Islamabad the Beautiful’

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Ever since Mr. Ali has taken over charge of the Chairman CDA, he is continuously engaged in various development activities. His main thrust has been on further beautifying the city and improving facilities for general public

CITY DIARY

Saifullah

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad seems to have been given a new look under the dynamic leadership of its Chairman Aamir Ahmed Ali, who also happens to be the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad. Ever since Mr. Ali has taken over charge of the Chairman CDA, he is continuously engaged in various development activities. His main thrust has been on further beautifying the city and improving facilities for general public.

Recently the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of Arts decided to begin cultural activities for citizens in various markets. Preparations have been completed in this regard. Different cultural and musical events will be organized in the markets for providing entertainment opportunities to the citizens. The citizens of Islamabad will be able to enjoy these events with their families. These festivities are part of the Jashn-e- Baharan festival of the CDA. Renowned musicians will perform in various markets of Islamabad on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening. This arrangement is first of its kind and credit for which goes to Chairman, who has taken personal interest in this initiative.

Chairman CDA Aamir Ahmed Ali is keen in retrieving the land occupied illegally by various individuals and organizations. In this regard he ordered crackdown against the illegal housing societies which are looting the citizens. In the first phase showcase notices were served to these housing societies. CDA had  issued the list of illegal housing societies at its website to guide the citizens. However the process of taking action against Ghauri town, Rawal Enclave, Ideal Residencia, and other illegal housing societies has begun.

On the financial side, the civic body has done wonders. It collected Rs 32.27 million during the month of January through the completion certificates of commercial and residential buildings, building plans, and NOCs, which is again an important milestone achieved by CDA. Due to the remarkable policies of the administration of CDA the department of Building Control collected the revenue of more than Rs 32 million during the last month. The BCS department of CDA received total 09 cases of the completion certificates of residential buildings during the month of January.

Likewise, the people of Islamabad had demanded of the Chairman to install lids on the manholes as open manholes were causing problems especially in the night time. The Chairman immediately ordered the Administration of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to promptly install the lids of drain holes, main holes, gutters, and sewerage across the city. Opened holes are dangerous for the lives of the citizens. Lids of main holes and gutters in the city could not be installed for decades. These opened holes have caused a number of accidents. However, the current administration of CDA has directed to cover all the opened holes as soon as possible.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to plant saplings in March on greenbelts on both sides of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus, which fall within the limits of the federal capital. The CDA’s Director General (Environment) inspected the greenbelts on Metro Bus route along with the Director National Highway Authority (NHA) and discussed the plan to plant trees in upcoming plantation drive. CDA official told that climate change ministry would also provide its financial and technical assistance in the plantation drive to ensure maximum survival rate.

Planting saplings is yet another step that has been spearheaded by the Chairman. The govt led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has also set a target of planting billions of saplings by August 2021. The CDA under the directions of the Prime Minister has launched a vigorous drive in this regard. So much so, painting of sideways and footpaths is also in progress. The Capital roads are giving a dashing look as most of the painting work has already been completed.