ISLAMABAD – The residents of Islamabad have demanded of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to install overhead bridges at the busy roads for safety of the pedestrians.

Users of the 9th Avenue called for the construction of pedestrian bridges at busy places on the roads.

Talking to INP, Tahir Khalil, a resident of Sector I-8, said that the pedestrian bridge would reduce accidents on the roads, adding that “there are bridges for pedestrians on Ninth Avenue but some more overhead bridges should be installed on the road to provide safe passage to pedestrians while crossing the road”.

Imran Akmal, resident of Sector H-9, said that many people lost their lives and get injured while crossing highways due to lack of necessary pedestrian bridges.

He said that large number of people daily cross the busiest road by putting their lives in danger as three weekly bazaars were established at Peshawar Morr.

Syed Aqil Shah, a pedestrian, said that boards with warnings ‘don’t cross the road by foot’, were installed at different points but people cross the road disregarding instruction.

It should be mentioned here that CDA has spent billions of rupees on construction of new avenues to facilitate smooth traffic of flow but pay little attention to the safety of pedestrians.

Meanwhile, Capital Development Authority (CDA) board has approved allotment of 90 acres of land in Sector H-16 for the construction of District Jail Islamabad.

The approval of the allotment was given in a meeting presided over by Chairman CDA Syed Shahbaz. Member Planning and Design Syed Mustafin Kazmi briefed the meeting about the case.

According to sources, the district administration Islamabad had paid Rs72 million to the CDA for the land. Role of allotment scrutiny committee was also discussed in the meeting. The board directed to further brief the board about the issues relating to allotment scrutiny committee in the next meeting, especially to bring the cases of scrutiny of allotments of agro farms for approval in the next meeting.

The board members agreed upon minimizing the role of property dealers and allotting plots to deserving people on merit basis.