Islamabad - Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal has said that massive up-gradation and renovation of existing Children Play Land (Japanese Park) with more added facilities will be a rich source of entertainment and amusement for the children of the federal capital.

This was expressed by Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal while chairing a high-level meeting here at CDA headquarters. The meeting reviewed the up-gradation plan of the Children Play Land, established by government of Japan in 1985. The up-gradation plan includes the existing amusement facilities and addition of new entertainment equipments containing the original theme for the children.

Some 21 amusement facilities would also be renovated/upgraded, he informed. He said that nine equipments with new design would also be installed in the park. He informed that amusement facilities similar to the existing designs and theme would be installed. The Japanese government will bear expenses of Rs 80 million on this project.

The member environment informed that all equipments were being prepared in Japan under the supervision of JICS, which will be installed by CDA in its available resources. Furthermore the Japanese government will provide operational training to the concerned CDA staff.

Maroof Afzal said that Children Play Land was a prestigious and memorable gift from government of Japan for the children of Pakistan. He expressed his hope for early completion of up-gradation, renovation and its installation so that the children could enjoy the best amusement and entertainment facilities.

The chairman CDA said that the authority was taking all-out measures on war footing for up-gradation of existing parks in all sectors of the federal capital. He said that CDA had allocated sufficient funds during the current fiscal year for establishment of new parks and up-gradation and maintenance of existing parks in the city.

The chairman CDA said that CDA had started plantation of olive trees all along Kashmir Highway. In the first phase, 5,000 olive trees are being planted and thereafter more trees will be added.

The plantation of flower and fruit plants would not only enhance the beautiful green cover but would eliminate the shrubs and wild bushes around the highways and avenues in the city. He said that CDA had commenced work on plantation of fruit, flower and ever-green plants at the entrances of Islamabad to further enhance its beauty.