RDA finalises garrison city’s beautification plan

RDA chairman says city's historic buildings will be restored

Jameel Mirza March 21, 2022
A file photo of old city area of Rawalpindi. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Development Authority (RDA) has finalised the beautification plan of the garrison city. Under the makeover plan, three entrance gates, a Miyawaki forest and a second street library will be set up at Azadi Square of Committee Chowk.

The RDA, the city's development agency, has drawn up a plan to bring a new look to the city under the beautification plan. Three major entry gates will be installed at three entrances of Faizabad, Kachehri Chowk and Rawal Road.

Meanwhile, after the first street library at Rialto Chowk on Murree Road, the second street library will be set up in Azadi Square of Committee Chowk, in front of which special benches will be set up for the citizens so that they can sit there and read books.

After the first successful experiment of Miyawaki forest at Rialto Chowk, a second Miyawaki forest is now being set up on Jhelum Road.

According to RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, the city’s old historic buildings will be restored besides refurbishing parks, street libraries and green belts.

The history of the city will be written in bold forms at various places so that visitors to the city could know about the historical significance places. The RDA chairman said that food streets would be given a new look under the restoration plan.

The RDA will fulfil its responsibilities regarding the development of the city, ensuring to protect its beauty and environment. He said that sites were being selected for developing more Miyawaki forests in the city to provide a clean environment to the citizens.

Similarly, he said, all green belts and parks were being further revamped.

The plan is also afoot to install rainwater harvesting projects in all major mosques of the city so that the water can be used for ablution and the residual water for gardening purposes. “This will enable us to meet the water requirement for our mosques and parks and clean drinking water will not have to be used in mosques and parks,” he said.


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