Master plan body inches closer to hiring consultant

TORs drafted, EPA to submit proposals for organising a workshop for stakeholders

Iftikhar Choudhry February 22, 2019
TORs drafted, EPA to submit proposals for organising a workshop for stakeholders. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: A commission created to revise the master plan of the federal capital has inched closer to hiring a consultant after a draft set of terms for hiring a firm presented for finalization.

The Federal Commission to revise Islamabad’s Master Plan met at Capital Development Authority (CDA) headquarters on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by CDA Chairman and Islamabad Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed. He is also the convener of the commission.

During its meeting, the commission reviewed and discussed the recommendations submitted by the sub-committees of the commission which were constituted in its last meeting.

The sub-committee constituted to finalise the terms of reference (TORs) for hiring consultants presented before the commission a draft of the Expression of Interest (EOI) advertisement and the TORs for hiring a consultant, for discussion.

The commission will further deliberate over the draft before finalising it.

The second sub-committee of the commission constituted for finalising the areas which will be studied as part of the process of revising the master plan shared its recommendations and proposals with the commission.

The commission decided that a consolidated and comprehensive report, which covers all aspects, will be presented before the commission within two weeks.

With the commission planning to conduct public hearings on different aspects of the master plan, the meeting decided that Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) director general will submit a proposal for organising workshops for professionals and other stakeholders within two weeks.

All stakeholders including various segments of the society will be encouraged and invited to these workshops and public hearings, including retired civil servants, former chairmen of the CDA, residents of different sectors, members of the business community and the chamber of commerce, residents of the federal capital’s slums, media personnel, professionals and students among others. 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2019.


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