Just like Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) in Galiyat, Malir Development Authority (MDA) in Karachi and Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in Lahore, there is a primary body in the capital city to oversee all the developments. This blog will provide you with a complete overview of the services, complaint management system, projects and more about Capital Development Authority (CDA). So, let’s begin.
Overview Of Capital Development Authority (CDA)
Before we talk about the responsibilities of the authority, it is important that we discuss how it came into being because after the independence of Pakistan, the capital city of the country was Karachi. So let’s see how the authority was formed.
History Of CDA
After independence, Karachi was chosen as the capital of Pakistan but there were more than a few issues the government faced and felt that it doesn’t qualify for the needs of a capital city. Among the issues, the government faced, one was that the number of buildings the port city had were inadequate and not up to the mark. Two other issues that the city faced at the time were its climate and pressure it was facing socially, politically and economically. The structure and development of the port city was not the ideal to carry out the duties of capital as well as manage the influx of people migrating as a result of independence.
Building a new capital was the only solution which would be planned and developed, as per the needs of government. Extensive research was carried in order to locate a site perfect for the new capital city and it was named Islamabad. Exactly after 20 years, the then government of Pakistan changed the capital city from Karachi to Islamabad. An executive order was also passed for the creation of an organization that will overlook the infrastructural planning, development and maintenance of the newly built capital city. The executive order was later superseded by the CDA ordinance issued on June 27, 1960, which laid the foundation of powers, responsibilities and jurisdiction of the authority.
Responsibilities Of CDA
Capital Development Authority (CDA) is the apex civic authority that is responsible for the town planning, building and maintenance in Islamabad. Its responsibilities also include the coordination with other authorities such as Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and administration of Islamabad Capital Territory in order to achieve uniformity in planning and development of the capital, as per CDA Ordinance 1960.
The second objective of CDA Ordinance 1960 was to authorize CDA to execute other functions as well including municipality, health, cleanliness, education and provision of goods. For this purpose, CDA had built a model school and a hospital a few years after the new capital city of Pakistan was built.
About CDA Model School
To fulfil its secondary duty of providing quality education, the board of CDA approved the development of a model school which is established in 1986 in Sector I-9 and named as CDA Model School. The school provides education till matriculation. However, from class 1-5 the education is for both boys and girls but onwards 6th class it is only for girls.
CDA Model School Facilities
The school has following facilities:
- Well decorated classrooms with all the necessities
- Three well-equipped labs and all the required apparatuses for Physics, Chemistry and Biology projects
- Lab for home economics practicals
- A computer lab
- A library to support the academics and improvement of general knowledge of students
- Sports and basic health care facilities
- Transport facility to pick and drop students
- A canteen and an auditorium
About Capital Hospital
For the provision of the healthcare facility to the public, Capital Hospital was established inside the CDA as a daycare medical centre. Initially, it only provided basic preventive and curative medical facilities but later the authority felt the need for in-patient care hospital and so, in March 1981, a 60-bed hospital was established.
Facilities At Capital Hospital
Today, Capital Hospital has following facilities:
- 250 beds equipped with modern facilities
- Modern medical and surgical facilities
- Department of General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Gynae and Obstetrics, Neonatology, Eye & ENT, Post-operative Intensive Care and Accident and Emergency Department, Medical and Pediatric wards, coronary care Unit, X-Ray Department, Pathology Laboratory, Dental Clinic, Dermatology Department and Mother & child Health Centre.
- The Hospital has the distinct privilege of introducing Nuclear Cardiology to Pakistan
CDA Projects In Islamabad
Some of the projects developed by Capital Development Authority for the people of Islamabad are:
Dedicated Cycling Tracks
Currently, CDA is working towards the development of jogging and cycling tracks in Islamabad as part of the campaign to develop, restore and beautify the city. CDA has already opened different dedicated cycling tracks including those on Gomal Road, Faisal Avenue, and Shahra-e-Dastoor and the one in Sector F-8 Park. Construction of another cycling track in Sector D-12 will also begin soon.
Model Forestry Park
Another project that is currently in its development phase is the Model Forestry Park in Islamabad by CDA. It is going to be the first of its kind urban forest park in Islamabad reported to spread over an area of 350 acres of land. More than 150,000 plants and trees will be planted in this park which will fully grow in the next five years. A bird sanctuary will also be built especially for the birds that migrate from harsh winter weather of Siberia and other parts of the world to Pakistan for breeding hatching purposes.
There are numerous other projects currently in the development phase such as the construction of roads and bridges, complexes, auditoriums, instalment of street lights and repairing of damaged sewerage lines. In addition to this, to meet the city’s rising need for clean water, negotiations and studies on upgradation of water supply are also being conducted. You can also check out Park Enclave Islamabad which is a CDA owned real estate project in the city.
Digitization Of CDA
In order to become proficient and advanced in providing multiple services to the people of Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has digitized many of its key public services. Digitization of CDA will help the authority in better governance and making Islamabad a technologically advanced metropolitan of the country. The services that have been digitized are:
- Urban Land Record System
- Online Payment of CDA Dues
- Services of City Islamabad App
Other services provided by CDA are:
- Property tax bill
- Water and allied charges bill
- Complaint management system
Complaint Management System
CDA has a Complaint Management System where the residents of Islamabad can lodge a complaint regarding any matter that concerns CDA. Follow the steps to lodge your complaint:
Step 1: Provide your basic information.
Step 2: Specify the type of complaint and give the details along with providing a copy of documents (if any).
Step 3: Submit the complaint.
You can check the status of your complaints by providing your phone number along with the unique tracking ID provided to you.
Contact Number For Grievance And Complaints Cell
Phone: 051-9253016 and 051-9252962
Mobile: 03331518819 and 03331518820
CDA Email Address
In case you have to send an attachment along with the complaint, you can use the following email address:
This brings us to the end of our overview. We hope this will be helpful to you. You can check other overviews as well on key government institutions such as Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Board of Investment (BOI), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and WAPDA, among others at Zameen Blog, the top real estate blog in Pakistan.