CDA will construct four parking plazas; greenbelts along Kashmir Highway to solve the problem of residents of Islamabad.
Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. It is comparatively new city as compared to other major cities of Pakistan like Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore etc. An interesting thing about the city is that, it is the first planned city of Pakistan. It is a planned city and thus is divided into different sectors and zones. The city has the highest literacy rate in Pakistan. It is the main center of attraction for many tourists. It attracts a large number of visitors from all over the world annually.
However, this has led to the growing urbanization in the capital territory. Consequently, government and private organizations are working day and night to cope with the growing number of residents in the city. Apart from the accommodation and residential issues, the major problem faced by almost every resident of Islamabad is related to parking.
The Parking Issue
To address the growing parking problem around major shopping malls of the city, CDA is to construct four public parking plazas, CDA‘s Chairman Amir Ahmed Ali said. Similarly, massive tree plantation would be carried out on both sides of the Kashmir Highway where encroachments had been removed.
Furthermore, the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change, headed by Senator Sitara Ayaz, asked the CDA to present a plan on how to implement the committee’s strategy about the future of slums in Islamabad. Similarly, the committee decided that a mapping of the capital city would be conducted to identify the need for plantation during monsoon.
Moreover, the committee also directed CDA that greenbelts should be protected. Greenbelts guarantee the natural beauty of the capital city. Notably, CDA’s Chairman responded that though climate related issues come under the prerogative of Municipal Corporation of Islamabad, he is ready to cooperate in all aspects. The Chairman informed the committee that Islamabad has a total of 65 sectors, each comprised of 745 acres.
In brief, the committee also revealed that planted palm trees in the capital are beautiful and exotic. Yet, these do not belong to the local climate. Therefore, authorities should stop its plantation and replace them with indigenous plants.