CDA to carry out 38 development projects in current year

Some 38 development projects costing 13.8 billion rupees would be implemented in Islamabad in the current year with focus on improving the road network, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman announced.

The projects include construction of three underpasses and 15 playgrounds, four recreational centers and improvement in green belt areas, besides water supply schemes and an alternative site for Sunday Bazaar, he said.

Three alternative sites have been provided for existing playgrounds that were not in conformity with the master plan of the capital. One site is between Shalimar Cricket Ground and Margalla Hills, another along the Kashmir Highway in sector H-8 and the third in sector F-6/1. Lashari said talks were going on between the CDA the Pakistan Cricket Board on proposed construction of an international cricket stadium in Islamabad. He said a synthetic turf for hockey would be installed in F- 6 sector, while the weekly Sunday Bazaar would be shifted to a site between sector H-9/3 and Kashmir Highway and its development would cost 100 million rupees.

The new Bazaar site — 1,450 feet in length and 450 feet wide — would have proper sewerage and drainage systems, footpaths, public toilets, security pickets, waiting areas, prayer arrangements, a car parking area, public transport loop, water tanks and five main gates. The Authority would also build 2,950 stalls with its own resources in the Sunday Bazar. Answering a question he said the case of proposed mini golf course in sector F-7 was in the court and the Authority would act according to the judicial verdict.

“All these projects would be funded by CDA from its own resources,” Kamran Lashari told a news conference. Lashari said the focus would be on carpeting and repairing roads and providing dual-lane arteries.

Lashari said a ladies club would be built on two acres at in G-10 Markaz area along with four citizen clubs and community sports centres. He said the Authority would establish 11 cricket and four hockey grounds in different parts of the federal capital.

The Chairman said the work was already underway to build Faisal Avenue, circular service road, Nazimuddin road, Shahra-e- Jamhuriat and 4th Avenue. All these roads would be developed on gridiron pattern with a green belt separating each road from the other, he said, adding that the PC-1 of the underpass near Kulsoom Plaza would be prepared in a month after which the construction work would be started.

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