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Islamabad Cultural Complex at Shakarparian to cost 1.3b

ISLAMABAD – The impressively designed ‘Convention and Cultural Complex’ at Shakarparian is likely to change the hills into a hub of sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

The complex, spreading over an area of 25 acres, would certainly add to the importance of area with respect to cultural, entertainment and recreational activities, where Capital Development Authority (CDA) has executed a number of other valuable projects like Arts and Crafts Village, Roses and Jasmine Garden and Lotus Lake.

“The Complex would cost Rs 1.3 billion, which the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is providing from its own resources,” informed a senior official of the Authority in Project Management Office (PMO).

He said that 25 per cent of the construction work on the mega project has been completed, and following the directives of new chairman CDA, he said, they have further expedited the pace of work.

He said that the present financial crunch being faced by the Authority would not affect the project as CDA has already released funds, which were allocated for the project during the current fiscal year.

It is relevant to mention here that development work on the project started in last week of February, which is scheduled to conclude by June 2010.

“We are doing our best to complete the project much earlier than the stipulated time,” the official said.

“The Complex would have facilities like a 3500-seated auditorium, an amphitheatre, piazza, conference hall, mosque, restaurants, cinema and gazebo etc. The capacity of the auditorium would be adjustable from only 350 to 3,500 seats,” the official informed.

The Complex would provide an opportunity for better showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Being at close proximity with the Lotus Lake and Arts and Crafts Village, the complex would also attract more visitors to the area.

Source: The Nation

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