CDA unveils plans to make Islamabad a model city

Islamabad, June 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. Sana ullah Aman, Member Engineering, Capital Development Authority visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and listened in detail the issues of businessmen. He assured to resolve their problems on priority and would soon start market visits to see the on ground problems and address the complaints. He said CDA’s neat and green scheme was aimed at addressing important problems of businessmen and other people.

He unveiled CDA’s future plans to make Islamabad a model city and said that CDA has planned to upgrade the sewerage and water supply infrastructures as these two has emerged the most serious problems in Islamabad. He said installation of 4-5 mini-sewerage treatment plants and 250 million gallons water per day from Indus River with 100 million gallons per day in the first phase were being planned to cope with sewerage and water problems.

He said Islamabad needed 200 million gallons per day water while existing supply was 60-70 million gallons per day. He said water supply network was more than 40 years old due to which 30% water was lost through leakage and 15% was wasted by end users on car washing and other wasteful uses. Therefore, CDA has planned to upgrade water supply network at a cost of Rs.11-million to resolve the problems of water leakage and contamination.

Sana ullah Aman said that CDA would introduce water metering to discourage the wasteful use of water. Moreover, CDA plans to introduce two water tanks on rooftops, one for rain water harvesting and other for treated waste water to overcome water shortage. He said 6” diameter old sewerage lines have now become overloaded and CDA has prepared a master plan to lay new sewerage lines network.

Member Engineering CDA said sector-wise roads repair projects have been launched to improve road network while street lights would be converted to solar energy. A bypass from Margalla Avenue to Murree Road was planned to reduce traffic congestion.

Moreover, CDA has prepared an ambitious plan for making Islamabad a signal-free city through construction of new flyovers and interchanges which would be presented to the new government for approval. He said in future construction of vertical buildings like Centaurus would be encouraged to cope with land shortage problem. He hoped that CDA in collaboration with ICCI would be able resolve the problems of trade and industry and the common man.

In his welcome address, Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlighted the problems of business community. He said chocked sewerage lines, broken roads and footpaths, non-availability of car parking, street lights and public toilets in commercial centers of Islamabad were creating difficulties for businessmen and the general public.

He stressed that CDA should pay urgent attention to resolve these issues and consider converting all street lights to solar energy to conserve electricity as well as build parking plazas in commercial areas.

Mr. Tariq Sadiq, Chairman Founder Group highlighted the issues of industries and demanded a new industrial estate in Islamabad for promotion of industry. Mr. Mehmood Ahmad Warraich, Senior Vice President ICCI and Presidents of different Market Associations including Mr. Ejaz Abbasi, Mr. Tahir Abbasi, Mr. Khalid Chaudhry, Syed Adil Anis, Muhammad Hussain etc. also highlighted the issues of their markets and requested for addressing the same to facilitate the growth of business activities.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950