ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would spend Rs 257 million on development of Ankara Park and is pursuing a comprehensive and integrated programme to upgrade and provide of quality entertainment facilities in other parks of the city as part of its efforts to improve environment of the city.

This was stated by CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal while apprising the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad Chairman Faisal Sakhi Butt during his visit of Ankara Park to inspect the development work being carried out by the authority, said a press release issued on Sunday.

The CDA chairman said that the ongoing development in the parks is being completed on priority basis and missing facilities, especially in small parks, are being provided.

The facilities under-development would soon be opened for the public to add colours to the beauty of the city.

Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad Chairman Faisal Sakhi Butt said, “Government is fully committed to making Islamabad a model metropolitan of the world and all out support would be extended to CDA for conserving the green character of the city.”

The CDA chairman apprised the task force that PC-I for the development and upgrading of the Ankara Park had been completed and work would soon commence on the improvement of different facilities in the park. It would be equipped with a beautiful and state-of-the-art dancing fountain to provide unprecedented entertainment to the residents and people visiting Islamabad from within the country and abroad.

He said that the upgrading, included establishment of gardens, soft landscaping and spacious parking facility.

He also said that 90 percent of the development work in Fatima Jinnah (F-9) Park had been completed and efforts had been geared up to complete the remaining work so that the residents could avail the facilities being developed for their entertainment.

He said that the authority had already directed for early completion of the ongoing development work in the Lake View Park, including an entertainment hub and water sports facility.

Faisal Sakhi asked the CDA to restore the natural and charismatic beauty of the natural streams and nullhas (canals) flowing through the city.

He said that these were once the hallmark of Islamabad but with the passage of time they had badly been polluted.

He said that different households and katchi abadis constructed along these ravines and natural streams channelled their sewage into these canals, which further deteriorated the situation.

He called upon the CDA to come up with some project for cleaning of these canals and restoring their beauty. The CDA chairman immediately directed the concerned authority to appoint an independent project director and actively pursue different measures being taken in this regard.

The task force chairman said that the prime minister had directed for development of entertainment facilities on modern lines, as per international standards with the assurance of all precautionary measures and environment friendly initiatives to provide quality entertainment to the people.

He said that all illegal connections of sewage being channelled into natural streams should be plugged and the process of upgrading of these streams and that of imposing fines for illegal connections should be proceeded.

He said that the park in G and I sectors should be provided all missing facilities to make them at par with the entertainment facilities in posh areas of the city.