Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has directed owners and occupants of all commercial and public buildings to make the places friendly towards people with disabilities (PWDs), a news source reported. The authority has set a deadline of two months for the measures to be taken.
CDA cited Clause 4.1.16 of the Islamabad Residential Sectors Zoning (Building Control) Regulations 2005, under which the city has to be specially-abled-friendly via the provision of infrastructure in all commercial and public buildings.
The authority has stated that it will take strict action against those failing to meet the deadline for implementing the said regulations.
Previously, the Building Control Section (BCS) Directorate of the CDA has issued similar orders for government offices to construct ramps and other provisions for the specially-abled. Now the CDA is going to expand this policy to all public and commercial buildings of Islamabad.
BCS Directorate of the CDA has revealed that these instructions will be applicable to all the new building plans they receive for approval. Meanwhile, the buildings constructed earlier or those with already approved plans will also have to show compliance, the authority added.