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Islamabad metro bus series becomes operational


Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif has inaugurated Islamabad Metro Bus Service today, from Peshawar Mor to Islamabad International Airport (IIA), according to news published on April 18.

PM Shehbaz, addressing the ceremony, stated that the Metro Bus Service has been made operational for the residents with 15 buses acquired from Punjab Metro Authority. He also mentioned that during the month of Ramzan, the commuters can travel free of cost. The minister also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President X Jinping for their help.

Moreover, a two-day trial run of the Orange Line Metro Bus Service was started on Saturday. The officials of the National Highway Authority (NHA), Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and other concerned departments inspected the scheduling, loading and offloading of passengers, docking, and other operational details.

As per the details, as many as 30 modern buses will run on this route after every 5 minutes during peak hours. The project features a 25.6-kilometre long track, with one platform near Islamabad Airport and seven stations. According to estimates around 25,000 to 26,000 passengers will be commuting through the service on a daily basis.
 

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CDA shares update on construction status of 7th Avenue Interchange


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has shared the construction update of the 7th Avenue Interchange being built at the junction of Srinagar Highway, Garden Avenue, Khayaban-i-Suhrwardi, and 7th Avenue, according to news reports published on April 25.

As per the details, the construction work on the interchange is underway in full swing. So far, more than 50% work of the project is completed. According to a CDA official (whose name was not disclosed), despite the delay in the construction due to the visit of the Australian team last month, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delegation, the work is progressing at the right pace. The work is expected to be completed by October as per the schedule.

Reportedly, the work on the bridge is completed while the underpass is being constructed. After this, the National Logistics Cell (NLC) – the executing agency – will start work on slip roads. It is pertinent to note that the interchange will be a cloverleaf, with four right and left loops. The project features an underpass that will link both parts of Khayaban-i-Suhrwardi.
 

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FWO signs agreement for Islamabad’s Sihala flyover project


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has awarded the contract to Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the construction of the Sihala flyover project on Kahuta Road, according to news published in the national dailies on April 28.

The FWO has signed an agreement with the city managers for the execution of the said project after terminating the agreement with a private company. It is pertinent to note that the project, worth PKR 770 million, was awarded to a private company and was to be completed within a year. However, the project has not even been started yet.

According to an official of CDA’s engineering wing (whose name was not disclosed), work on the flyover project will start after Eid and is expected to be completed within one year. Reportedly, the Rawal Dam Interchange and Korang Bridge projects were also awarded to FWO for completing them as soon as possible. It was mentioned that the work on all three projects will be continued simultaneously.
 

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FWO signs agreement for Islamabad’s Sihala flyover project


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has awarded the contract to Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the construction of the Sihala flyover project on Kahuta Road, according to news published in the national dailies on April 28.

The FWO has signed an agreement with the city managers for the execution of the said project after terminating the agreement with a private company. It is pertinent to note that the project, worth PKR 770 million, was awarded to a private company and was to be completed within a year. However, the project has not even been started yet.

According to an official of CDA’s engineering wing (whose name was not disclosed), work on the flyover project will start after Eid and is expected to be completed within one year. Reportedly, the Rawal Dam Interchange and Korang Bridge projects were also awarded to FWO for completing them as soon as possible. It was mentioned that the work on all three projects will be continued simultaneously.
what the actualy location of this flyover??
 

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CDA creates wing for Faisal Mosque, plans renovation


The capital city administration has decided to create a separate wing dedicated to repairing, maintaining and upkeeping of Faisal Mosque, as per the news published on May 7. The new wing will have a full team of horticulture, maintenance, electrical and civil works.

It was announced that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to launch repair and overhauling of the landmark mosque and has prepared a PC-1 worth 250 million. The PC-I that’s prepared by CDA Engineering Wing will be tabled before the authority chairman for approval. The authority has also decided to allocate PKR 200 million from its own funds for the rehabilitation effort.

According to the press release, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed has ordered engineering and finance members of the authority to formulate PC-1 for the complete and comprehensive renovation of Faisal Mosque. It was highlighted that no major renovation of the mosque has been executed in the last four decades.

Furthermore, Chairman Ahmed has also ordered the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) to not issue a license or contract for parking fees’ collection to make the place available to all visitors.
 

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Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced its decision to run Blue and Green Line Metro Buses on the existing expressway and Murree Road, until the new dedicated road infrastructure is built, according to a news published on May 16.

The Blue Line Metro Bus service will operate from Korang Bridge Expressway to Faizabad Metro Bus stop, whereas the Green Line Metro Bus service will operate from Bhara Kahu to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) – and then merge with the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service.

CDA Metro Bus Service Director Nauman Sheikh revealed that in the initial phase five buses will ply on the green line service and 10 on the blue line in Islamabad. He also stated that the new tracks will be built if the need arises.
As per a CDA official, due to the traffic woes surrounding the Murree Road in Bhara Kahu, it was decided that the buses will not go through the Bhara Kahu Bazar. He said that a protected u-turn and a bus terminal for the green line will be developed on CDA’s acquired land near Bhara Kahu.

It was also highlighted that 15 borrowed buses for running Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Service have been returned and 10 of them will be used for blue line and five for green line service operations. The CDA will have to develop bus stops on the expressway for the blue line service, two u-turns and a terminal for the green line service.
 

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CDA, UNDP introduce new waste management system in Islamabad


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has introduced a new mega solid waste management scheme in Islamabad – under which the waste of the city will be divided into two categories from the source point, according to news sources.

Initially, the solid waste management project is being implemented in Sector E-7 and I-8, Margalla Retreat and Park Enclave. After the successful implementation of the project’s pilot, will be extended to the other areas of the capital. Under the project, the UNDP will provide green and blue disposal bags in residencies to separate dry and wet waste from the source point.

It was highlighted that the authority plans to educate the public to divide solid waste into two groups, while further segregating them into hazardous and recyclable garbage for proper disposal. Under the new system, six vehicles will be provided to the sanitation department.

CDA Member (Administration) Amir Abbas stated that both UNDP and CDA were geared to replicate the new waste disposal system throughout Islamabad.
 

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Drones purchased to monitor fire incidents in Margalla Hills: CDA

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has acquired drones to monitor fire incidents at Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) in an effort to control rising forest fire incidents, according to news published in the leading newspaper on May 20.

The officials of CDA and Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) briefed the Senate Standing on Climate Change about the drones. As per the details, CDA Director Environment Irfan Niazi disclosed that the CDA firefighters have assisted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s authorities to put out forest fires thrice this season.

Previously, the CDA held a meeting in which the use of drone technology for forest fires was discussed. It was mentioned that through drones the administration will be able to timely identify the fires and its causes. During the meeting, it was disclosed that the joint teams of district administration, IWMB, and CDA will patrol the forest areas to take action against people involved in deforestation.
 

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Blue, green line metros to operate on regular roads in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to start the Blue and Green Line Metro Bus Service with regular traffic until new designated tracks are constructed.
The blue line service will operate from Korang Bridge Expressway to Faizabad metro bus stop while the green line will operate from Bhara Kahu to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) stop where it will integrate with the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service.
“Initially, five buses will ply on the green line and 10 on blue line in mix traffic as the CDA wants to start these services within two months,” CDA Metro Bus Service Director Nauman Sheikh said.
He said initially, both new metros would be plied on the existing expressway and Murree Road.

15 buses to be utilised for both services, CDA official says
“At a later stage, if the need arises, we will construct separate designated tracks,” he said, adding that all four metros - Rawalpindi-Islamabad and airport metros as well as the blue and green lines - will be integrated.
“Soon, a presentation will be given to the federal government and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for a final decision about both the green and blue lines,” said a CDA official, adding that frequent traffic congestion was witnessed on the two-lane Murree Road in Bhara Kahu area which was why it was decided that the buses would not go through Bhara Kahu bazaar.
“We will construct a protected u-turn and a bus terminal for green line on CDA’s acquired land, which is located near Bhara Kahu,” the official said.
After 30 buses arrive from China later this month, 15 borrowed buses will be returned to the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Service. Therefore, 10 of them will be operated on the blue line and five on the green line.

 

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CDA to swap 327-acre land with Islamabad Wildlife Management Board

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will exchange 327 acres of land in the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) with the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), news sources reported on May 22. The area will be used for the development of the Margalla Hill Road as well as the C-14 and C-15 sectors.

Read: Drones purchased to monitor fire incidents in Margalla Hills: CDA

The CDA board of directors made the decision to swap land on Wednesday in a combined meeting with the officials of IWMB. The CDA has agreed to take over the property in the MHNP in order to restore Islamabad’s 1960 master plan. Similarly, it was said that the proposal would also prevent the realignment of the road, which could potentially delay the construction.

Under the agreement, land located in the compartments, 31 and 33 of MHNP and a piece of land towards its south would be utilised by the CDA, and this land would be de-notified from the MHNP. in exchange, CDA will allot land of Margazhar Zoo and land towards the north of sector D-12 situated in Pind Sangrial and Pind Siri Saral, which would be included in the MHNP. As per the agreed plan, in the next phase, CDA will request the federal government to denotify land from IWMB and renotify it in CDA’s name to complete the process.

Addtionally, the CDA board approved the use of a government contractor to widen the Islamabad Expressway from PWD to G.T. Road under the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority’s (PPRA) 42(f) rule. Due to the sensitive nature of the project, only government entities are permitted to participate in the tendering process. According to CDA sources, the project’s primary contractors would be Frontier Work Organisation (FWO) and National Logistic Cell (NLC).
 

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CDA shares details on 1st phase of Bhara Kahu bypass construction


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has shared details of the construction of the first phase of the Bhara Kahu bypass, according to the news reports published on May 25.

The CDA officials informed that the said project will be divided into two phases. The first phase starts from GT Road Sangjani to D-12 and the second phase is Bhara Kahu bypass. According to the CDA officials, the work on the first phase of the project is in full swing with 70% of the work completed. It was mentioned that the work on the Bhara Kahu bypass will be started soon. The CDA engineering wing officials mentioned that the engineering design and alignment of the bypass have already been finalised by Army’s E&C branch. The city managers are waiting for the draft of PC-1, which is being reviewed b the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).

After receiving the PC-1 from FWO, the CDA will send it for final approval to the Development Working Party (DWP). Once the PC-1 gets approved, work will start on the construction of the bypass. The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) draft report has been submitted to the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Reportedly, the 7.8-kilometre long bypass was designed to provide an alternative route for people travelling to Galyat, Kashmir, and Murree. As per the details, the proposed bypass will start from the Malpur area and end near Satra Meel on Murree Road.
 

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CDA to realign Margalla Road to save old graveyard

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to realign a 100-foot long portion of Margalla Road to preserve a century-old graveyard near Shah Allah Ditta, news sources reported on May 29. The new position will be shifted towards the south of the graveyard near sector D-13.

Reportedly, to preserve the graveyard, the CDA engineering wing had considered three options; building a flyover, an underpass, and realigning the road. The authority, however, chose the less expensive alternative of the realignment. The final approval of the realignment will be given by the CDA’s Development and Working Party.

Following the alignment, the project will be completed this year by August-September. According to the authority’s timetable, the Margalla Road project will be completed in three phases; construction work under phase I has already been completed by 70%.

Under the first phase of the project, the CDA will construct a portion of the road starting from G.T. Road and ending at D-12. An interchange and a small portion of 11th Avenue will be built to link it with Khayaban-i-Iqbal.

In phase 2, 8-km-long Bhara Kahu Bypass will be constructed from Murree Road near Quaid-i-Azam University to Satra Meel. While in phase 3, a road will be constructed to connect Murree Road with the Bhara Kahu Bypass.

The Margalla Road project is 33 kilometres long and is part of Islamabad’s Master Plan of 1969. According to CDA sources, construction work under the project’s Phase 2 is yet to begin. It is important to mention here that the project was awarded to the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) last year under Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Section 42(f), which permits government-owned organisations to contract with other state-owned organisations.
 

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CDA to postpone Islamabad Ring Road project


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to shelve the Islamabad Ring Road project till the next fiscal year, news sources reported on May 30.

An official whose name wasn’t disclosed said that CDA has decided not to allocate funds for the project in the budget, which is to be sent to the federal government. It was highlighted that the Islamabad and Rawalpindi Ring Road projects were planned to link the twin cities.

As per the plan, the Islamabad Ring Road is supposed to start from Sangjani Interchange and conclude where Rawalpindi Ring Road starts. The 50-kilometre-long road project is supposed to pass Kllar Syeddan, Charah, Shah Allah Ditta, Margalla Hills, Bhara Kahu, and F-Series sectors. The estimated funds of PKR 70 billion required for the project were to be provided by the federal government through CDA.

The project was supposed to provide access to traffic coming in from Hazara and Gilgit-Baltistan. With this project, it was announced that all heavy-duty vehicles travelling to other cities will be permanently banned in the capital city.
 

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CDA land & estate departments bifurcated for better management

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has bifurcated its land and estate wing into two separate entities working under civil officials, news sources reported on June 3. New wings will be headed by two deputy director generals (DDGs).

Reportedly, to make the department more efficient, the CDA administration has decided to divide the department into two entities: one is solely concerned with land matters, while the second department will deal with estate matters. According to the details, a BPS-19 official of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service (PAAS), Muhammad Afnan Alam, would now oversee estate activities, while the director of estate management commercial will oversee DDG Estate’s activities.

Similarly, a BPS-18 officer in the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), Omar Liaquat Randhawa, has been assigned the position of DDG Land. Afnan Alam previously led DDG Land and Estate. Abdul Razzaq has been named Director of Estate Residential, a CDA BPS-19 Executive Cadre officer.
 

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After an unprecedented hike of Rs60 per litre in fuel prices in nearly a week, Islamabad District and Session court, for the first time in its history, on Saturday directed all authorities concerned to make arrangements for marking attendance of prisoners online.

According to a statement issued in this regard, District and Sessions Judge-East Islamabad, Muhammad Atta Rabbani, said: “Keeping in view the current price hike of petroleum products and in order to save the government exchequer, all Judicial Magistrates working in East-Division, are directed to arrange marking of attendance through online video link/Skype in respect of under-trial prisoners, whose challans/reports U/S 173 Cr P.C are yet to be submitted and their physical attendance is not required for any substantial proceedings in the cases.”

“They are further directed to utilise best available sources such as internet and laptops already provided to them for the purpose,” the letter read.

However, the order mentioned that as and when the challan/report is received, the accused may be summoned for production before the court.

The decision has been taken to save fuel used in vehicles utilised for the commutation of prisoners, the letter stated.
 
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