Islamabad: The reconstituted panel for the revision of Islamabad’s master plan met on Monday and resolved to safeguard shrinking green areas in Zones III and IV, while also working to resolve prevailing water and infrastructure issues in the federal capital, according to news sources.
The panel, chaired by Capital Development Authority Chairman Amir Ali, also examined Rawalpindi and Islamabad’s water concerns. The committee decided to incentivize inhabitants of the aforementioned zones to conserve green spaces.
The panel chose to focus greater emphasis on small dams, particularly the Chiniot Dam near Simly Dam and the Shahdara Dam. Both of these dams would supply 20 million gallons of potable water per day to Islamabad and Rawalpindi. In addition, the commission agreed to appoint a technical consultant for the updated master plan as soon as possible.
A Greek firm developed Islamabad’s master plan in 1960, and it was meant to be amended every 20 years. However, with the exception of 43 minor modifications, the plan has not undergone a substantial revision since its inception. Previously, in 2018, the government reconstituted the 12-member panel and added three additional members to the body.