Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday notified the completion of the construction work for Phase-I of the Wetland Wastewater Management Project, according to news sources. The civic agency has handed over the project – situated in Muslim Colony between Bari Iman (Noorpur Shahan) and the Diplomatic Enclave –to the Sanitation Directorate for maintenance and management.
CDA Chairman and Islamabad Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed said that the project was launched upon the directives of the Supreme Court (SC). He said that the authority chose three sites for the wetlands’ construction – which will aid in controlling the deteriorating environmental conditions and restore the natural charm of this brook running down the Margalla Hills.
Amer said that the first ‘Wetlands environmental intervention’ project – spread over less than an acre – has been completed at a cost of PKR 1.5 million and produced highly encouraging results. He added that the water quality has improved considerably and with the construction of two more wetlands, more betterment will be seen. The chairman revealed that another wetland is being constricted on the opposite side of the Muslim Colony and the third one is under-construction in Bani Gala – to prevent the contamination of Rawal Lake.
He said that given the cost feasibility and encouraging results, such wetlands will be constructed on all natural brooks and streams running from Margalla Hills and joining Nullah Leh.