ISLAMABAD : Capital Development Authority served notices to premises including motels/hotels and club located along the Murree Road for immediate removal of encroachments and other installations established on the right of way or beyond the plot line.

Building Control Section (BCS) of the authority, in connection with ongoing anti-encroachment drive, served notices to motels/hotels including Embassy Lodge, Best Western, Dream Land Motel, Majestic Banquets and Ramada to remove barriers, guard rooms, entry gates, iron grills, generators and other constructions and encroachments established on the right of way of the Murree Road. Furthermore, Islamabad Club administration has also been served notice to remove the boundary wall and other installations established on the right of way of the road. These notices have been served under the clause 49-C of CDA Ordinance 1960. Hotels/motels located along the Murree Road have been using right of way of Murree Road as parking or other purposes. In the past,

Marghzaar Zoo awaiting protective measures for animals

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ISLAMABAD: Apathy of the Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad, administration of the Marghzar Zoo has not adopted proper measures for protection of animals in summer which speaks volume of the negligence of the Corporation.

Islamabad Zoo was established in 1978 near Daman-e-Koh for the refuge of wildlife existing at Margalla Hills. But, with its popularity Capital Development Authority (CDA) extended its scope and brought more animals.

Marghzaar Zoo, the only zoo of the federal capital, is giving a deserted look with empty cages of animals and lack of basic facilities speaking volumes about apathy of Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad and Capital Development Authority.

People from across the country, who visit Islamabad to enjoy its natural beauty and clean environment, are disappointed due to the pathetic condition of Marghzaar Zoo, which is ideally located at the foot of Margalla Hills.

Several animals, including bears, zebras, ostriches and many others, which were once main attraction at the zoo, died in the last couple of years due to non-provision of proper environment, lack of facilities and negligence of the staff.

A CDA official said that the zoo staffers were not properly taking care of the animals. Moreover, there is also lack of treatment facilities for animals in the zoo, he added.

Referring to miserable living conditions for the troubled animals, he questioned delay in construction of more enclosures to ensure friendly habitat for the animals, containing shelters or huts to save them from harsh weather conditions, inappropriate food sans fixed time table and other facilities pertaining to their care.

When contacted Director Zoo for comments, he was not available on call.