Revision in capital’s master plan is required: Deputy Mayor


Staff Report


A revision in the Islamabad Master Plan is need of the hour as the residents of the capital city would get maximum benefit after its revision, said Deputy Mayor Zeeshan Ali Naqvi Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview the Deputy Mayor said that capital’s master plan has not been revised for the last six years.

He further said that Islamabad was the face of Pakistan and a master plan for the city was originally designed for 600,000 people. There are several challenges while converting it into a model city but this goal would be achieved, he added.

The Deputy Mayor also said that if the bureaucracy did not make any hurdle, the Master Plan of the capital city could be revised within three months. He said that Capital Development Authority (CDA) has taken the first step towards revision in Islamabad’s Master Plan, done on the instructions of the Prime Minister.

Zeeshan Naqvi said the population of Islamabad is on a rise with every passing day and there is a dire need for a revision in the master plan in order to meet the future challenges.

Replying to a question, he said that to overcome the shortage of water issue in the federal capital, rubber dams should be constructed in the city adding that Metropolitan of Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) would conduct survey in this regard.

He said after construction of rubber dams, the rain water would be stored and authorities in the twin cities might be able to put that to good use.

While responding to a query concerning the stalled sectors, Deputy Mayor said that it was the responsibility of CDA to make payments to affectees so that the development work could be started at stalled sectors.

He extended his full support to the civic body for settling long standing issues of sector’s development.

The Deputy Mayor also appreciated the government for removing illegal encroachment from the country especially from the capital city and said that anti encroachment operation should be continued without any discrimination.