Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) to control the city’s unplanned expansion, a news source reported. He further directed the authorities to transform Islamabad into a ‘model city’ with the provision of all basic amenities.
The PM ordered CDA and ICTA to provide facilities like clean drinking water, transport for locals as well as residents of adjoining areas, health centres, and educational institutions. Chairing a meeting on development projects in the city, PM Khan said that Islamabad’s population had experienced a significant increase over past two decades and that there was a need to control the city’s unplanned expansion.
He further directed the civic agency to resolve matters arising from the urban sprawl in the capital city. He highlighted that the protection of green areas was a priority for the government. He further asked the officials concerned to ensure the removal of encroachments from the city.
The PM also reviewed the progress of work on the Metro Bus Service extension project from Peshawar Mor to Islamabad International Airport (IIA). The meeting provided its approval to the establishment of a Mass Transit Authority (MTA) to oversee the matters concerned with the project. PM Khan further ordered to accelerate the work on Ghazi Barotha project to overcome water shortage in Islamabad.