Melody Food Park has lost pull, CDA chairman accepts

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Announcing to set up a food court for the residents of Sector G8, the Capital Development Authority chairman on Saturday said the Melody Food Park ‘is losing its attraction owing to various reasons’. However, he did not reveal the reasons.

Farkhand Iqbal, however, pledges that the food court in Sector G8 will be established on modern lines. He was visiting the area to view the cleanliness conditions, repair of roads and provision of other civic facilities.

All senior CDA officers were accompanying the chairman, who also interacted with the residents and area traders who had registered there after seeing the top government official visiting the locality. The locals availed themselves of the opportunity to register complaints with him regarding the condition of roads and lack of other facilities, including a food court, in the region.

Farkhand Iqbal told the people that keeping the capital clean was the responsibility of every citizen, including traders, who “should come up to cooperate with the CDA staff in this regard”. The CDA chairman also visited a football ground in the sector and directed the environment wing of the authority to develop a walking track on it.

To a question about encroachments, the CDA chief said the issue could easily be resolved if the trader community extended its cooperation to the CDA employees. Later, talking to the media, the CDA chief lauded the services of the authority’s firefighters and disaster management personnel for dousing Friday’s blaze in Blue Area.Iqbal said he has ordered his men to keep a vigil in order to avoid disasters like the ones in Karachi and Lahore, which have claimed the lives of over 300 factory workers. He informed the media persons that the CDA has already initiated a survey of government, semi-government and private buildings to examine whether they were equipped with firefighting equipment and proper emergency exits.

Farkhand Iqbal further told reporters that despite facing a severe financial crunch, the CDA has launched various mega projects. “These projects will be completed in next few months and the issues such as shortages of water and public transport and power outages will be resolved,” he said.