ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Thursday approved allotment of plot for the construction of Islamabad Cricket Stadium at Shakarparian.

The approval was made in the 19th meeting of the CDA Board, which was chaired by CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari. Member (Engineering) Moin-ud-Din Kakakhel, Member (Environment) Mazhar Hussain and other high officials of the Authority were also present on the occasion.

The Board approved allotment of 40 acres plot to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for building Asia’s largest cricket stadium near Shakarparian. The PCB would afford total cost of development of the project while 25 per cent of the built up commercial area would go to the CDA, said a high official in the Authority, adding the project would be completed in five years.

The Board also approved allotment of six kanal plot to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s Mission in Islamabad at the Diplomatic Enclave. The CDA would receive Rs 15,000 per square yard from the Mission.

The Board, however, differed over the allotment of additional area for industrial plots in Sector I-9. The CDA’s Director Urban Planning Server Sindhu suggested construction of road (length-wise) over the Nullah passing through the sector. This way eight industrial plots ranging from 1-2 acres could be produced, he said. He said one plot in the area was worth the cost of the construction of the proposed road.

The Board also differed over approval of layout plan of Sector H-17 and creation of additional posts at the Capital Hospital. Approval of two plots to M/s Shapes for the construction of two world class gyms on BOT Basis at F-8/1 and F-11 was also given. The plots would be given on 20 years lease. The same time CDA would receive Rs 0.6 million per year from the contractor for both the plots.

The Board also approved to issue six plots for schools in various sectors allotted in 2004. The Authority would receive Rs 7,400 per square yard for each of the plot. Promotion policy of teachers of CDA model school was also approved, according to which Principal of the school was moved from grade 17 to 18 and Vice Principal from 16 to 17.

Moreover, the authority has also decided renovation and additional construction at Bari Imam shrine, said a source in the CDA. The source said Rs 250 million were approved for the project.

Similarly, Rs 60 million would be utilised to level the mountainous way leading to Loi Dandi. Rest of the amount would be spent for renovation of the shrine and construction of 192 feet tomb and for provision of facilities to the visitors, he said, adding that the development work would be completed in next two years.

Source: The Nation