CDA board approves plot for mayor’s residence

Published: February 25, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) board deferred on Friday a summary to allot a plot to build a Town Hall for housing the offices of the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC).

It, however, approved a plot for the mayor in the red zone.

In its second meeting of the year, the CDA board approved the allotment of a plot measuring 4,744 square yards in sector F-5/2, Minister Enclave for Islamabad Mayor and CDA Chairman Sheikh Anser Aziz.

“The CDA board allotted the plot worth a billion rupees for IMC Mayor at a time when the local government system could not be made fully functional,” IMC Opposition Leader Ali Nawaz Awan told The Express Tribune on Friday.

“Local Government (LG) representatives do not have a proper place to hold their meetings and functions, while basic health facilities are missing,” he said, adding that “35,000 children of Islamabad cannot go to school due to poverty and 800 school teachers have not been paid their salaries since last October.”

He suggested that allotting a plot for the mayor could open the door for deputy mayors to demand plots in the future too, for which there was no justification.

“CDA board only approved the plot. A summary [is yet] to be forwarded for final approval from the prime minister through the Ministry of Interior,” a CDA source told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity.

There were eight agenda items in board meeting of which five were approved. The board approved a plot measuring 1,122 square yards in street 28 in Sector G-7/1 for the information ministry. Appointment procedure in employee’s service regulations were also amended to appoint doctors and staff for CDA hospital through its own process.

Payment of outstanding dues by UNMOGIP for a plot in Diplomatic Enclave was also approved.

The board also decided to rename 7th avenue to Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, the renowned Urdu poet.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2017.

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