ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (APP): The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday launched second phase of the Parliament Lodges to cater the residential requirements of the parliamentarians.The PC-I of the project spanning over four acres land, which was approved by Executive Committee of National Economic Council on January 21, 2010, would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,908 million in three years.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani unveiled the plaque of the housing project, while Chairman of the Senate Farooq H. Naek, Leader of House in the Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sethi and a large number of parliamentarians were present on the occasion.
CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi in his welcome address said that 104 additional family suits would be constructed in the Phase-II besides 500 servant quarters on 1.4 acres of land as the existing lodges lack this facility.

He said the contract has been awarded to a renowned construction company Habib Rafiq Limited, whose consultant is M/s Anwar Ali and Associates.

He said the latest facilities like vast car-parking area in basement, fire safety measures, garbage chutes, lifts, gymnasium for ladies and gents, shops and departmental stores, public meeting rooms, lounges and cafeteria would be provided at the housing project.

Imtiaz said the civic body was taking practical steps to provide housing facilities for general public for which it had finalized a comprehensive strategy for opening of C-13, C-16, C-15, C-15, D-13, F-14 and H-16 sectors.

“The plan will ensure availability of 30,000 residential plots of different size,” he said adding that CDA has also launched a mega project of Kuri Model Village to build 4,500 low-cost plots.

The CDA Chairman also apprised about the pace of authority’s different ongoing developmental projects.

Under the clean and green Islamabad, around 500,000 saplings are planted in different parts of the federal capital every year, he said.
He said CDA was the only municipality in Pakistan which introduced the rain-water harvesting to improve the underground water level.The programme has been launched at 20 different localities and is producing encouraging results, he added.

Source: APP