CDA committed to making Islamabad ‘green city’

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal said on Friday that CDA is taking solid steps to make Islamabad a “green city” and media should educate people about plantation so that a healthy environment could be provided to residents of the city.

“About 500,000 saplings are being planted during the ongoing monsoon season,” he said after planting a sapling in Media Town.

During this plantation drive, Iqbal added, CDA is focusing on planting local plants. The CDA chairman said the authority would provide technical support for the development of Media Town. Responding to the demand of providing residential facilities to journalists, Iqbal assured that CDA would chalk out a comprehensive plan so that people associated to the media might be provided with quality living facilities. Continue reading

Non-release of funds hinders two mega projects

Rawalpindi

The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), which has a couple of mega projects in hand, is finding it hard to initiate work on them due to non-availability of required funds.

Credible sources told ‘The News’ here on Friday that the RDA has completed the feasibility report and planning of two big projects, including construction of two tunnels at Mareer Chowk and construction of an underpass at Shah Khalid Colony.

The RDA is ready to launch the two projects but there is shortage of funds worth Rs157 million. Elaborating details, sources said that the Punjab government, under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) has to release required funds enabling the RDA to start work on these schemes. The RDA has demanded the provincial government to allocate an amount of Rs157 million so that it could start work on mega projects. However the government has decided to allocate RDA a sum of Rs97 million. Though the decision of allocating funds was taken long before, however, the amount has not yet been released to the RDA, sources said.
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