ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, while congratulating the allottees of Sector D-12, directed the Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) to expedite the pace of work on its stalled housing projects and develop new sectors for low-income people. Addressing a ceremony of handing over possession letters to the allottees of Sector D-12 at CDA headquarters, the Prime Minister said that the capital was the symbol of federation and had a unique distinction therefore efforts should be made to make it an exemplary city. He directed the CDA Chairman to ensure allocation of 10 percent quota for women in CDA. He observed that the development of new sectors would help bring down the prices of property and enable the lower middle class to purchase land for their family. He said gas, electricity, sewerage and parks should be constructed on priority basis in new sectors. He directed the CDA to build tourist resorts, 5-star hotels, road network and international standard conference halls to attract more investors. He said that the CDA should upgrade slums located all across the federal capital as the poor people must be given their due rights. He stressed the need for focusing the concept of citizens committee to highlight the issues of health, education and development. Prime Minister asked the CDA to start a double-decker bus service in the capital to cater to the needs of growing population and office goers. Showing his apprehensions over the large-scale encroachments in the city he said that influential people were backing encroachers, however, he asked the CDA to launch a massive crack down against such fishy characters with the help of citizens. He called for following proper lay out instead of haphazard construction which would affect the capitals beauty of. He said the CDA should also focus on the important projects like water, gas and development of parks, besides the maximum plantation to make the capital greener. He said that work on the International Standard zoo should also be expedited. Earlier, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi Chairman CDA in his welcome address said that sector D-12 was launched in the first regime of slain Benazir Bhutto in 1988, however, owing to numerous hurdles the allottees were barred from constructing houses there. He said that though PC-1 of the project was approved in 1998 but due to some demands of the affectees of the sector, the developmental work could not be initiated. However, he said that though it was too late, that is after 20 years delay, but today we are happy to announce it. On the occasion he announced that CDA had finalized Inter-Sectoral bus service project to facilitate the citizens. He said that soon the authority would take practical steps in this regard. In order to overcome water scarcity in the Capital, CDA had devised comprehensive and long-term strategy. In this regard, suggestions were under consideration of the federal government to bring water from Ghazi Barotha Dam through pipeline and up gradation and rehabilitation of already existed water supply network in the capital besides construction of Charah Dam, he added. Negotiations were underway with the affectees of sector I-11 and I-12 and soon the issues pertaining to the development of these sectors would be resolved, he said in addition that CDA had been acquiring land in a bid to extend Diplomatic Enclave. He said that CDA had prepared feasibility report of the construction of 18 new parks in I and G series sectors. He said that an awareness campaign to stop the wastage of water had already kicked off besides this CDA was also considering the effective utilization of Rain Water, while a task force had also been constituted in this regard.