ISLAMABAD - Capital Development Authority (CDA) Tuesday finalised the arrangements to facilitate the residents of the federal capital during the holy month of Ramazan.

Chairman CDA Nadeem Hassan Asif chaired a high-level meeting here at CDA Headquarters in this regard which was attended by the Chief Commissioner Islamabad, representatives of police, and all CDA Board members.

Nadeem Hassan Asif directed the concerned formations of the CDA to ensure availability of edible items, especially dates, gram flour (Basin) at subsidised rates in the markets during the Holy month of Ramazan. He said that all-out measures would be taken to ensure the availability of edible items in bulk and at subsidised rates for the general public. He directed CDA Member Engineering for frequent supply of water, adding that complaints for shortage of water would be entertained on immediate basis.

The chairman was informed that a complaint centre to facilitate the water-related complaints of the residents had already been established that would work round the clock.

Residents could contact at complaint centre number 051-9202218 to lodge their complaints, which would be addressed at the earliest.

He directed the member administration to coordinate with Islamabad district administration to identify specific locations for the establishment of "Sasta bazaars". He said that CDA in collaboration with district administration would control the prices of items at fair price shops.

To keep the prices stable and to ensure quality of food, an assistant commissioner along with a CDA team will daily inspect the fair price shops in their assigned areas.

He said that food packets would be distributed among the attendants of the poor patients at hospitals in Islamabad. He said that food packets would also be distributed among the commuters got stuck in the traffic jam on roads during the Iftar timing.

The chairman said that CDA would ensure the provision of best quality edible items and banners inscribed with slogans "CDA at Service" would also be displayed for the awareness of the public. He directed the member administration to arrange floodlight sports competitions including cricket, football and other sports as healthy activities for the citizens, especially the youth. He also directed for arrangement of recreational activities and "Eid Mala" on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr for the residents of the federal capital.

The chairman said that Flood Relief Cell would remain high alter during the monsoon season round the clock.  He directed the concerned formations of the authority to remove the shrubs and bushes around the mosques, especially Lal Masjid and Jamia Hifsa to ensure the security. Faulty streetlights around the mosques would be fixed to ensure convenience and safety of devotees who would attend Taravih prayers. 

The chairman directed the all formations of the authority to keep liaison for provision of quality and effective service of the citizens. He said comprehensive arrangements have been chalked out and the residents would be provided better facilities during the Ramazan.

He also requested the residents to come up with their valuable suggestions on further improving the civic facilities during the holy month. Suggestions if found feasible would be entertained upon their receipt, the Chairman concluded.