Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would initiate a comprehensive programme to rehabilitate, upgrade and beautify roads, markets and green belts across the federal capital.

As the work on the metro bus project is near completion, a programme has been chalked out to repair and rehabilitate the affected roads. This was decided in a meeting held at CDA Headquarters here on Friday.

The meeting was chaired by Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal while Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed, Member Engineering Shahid Sohail and other senior officers of the authority were also present in the meeting.

Under the programme, the authority would start rehabilitation work on Margalla Avenue from Saturday, which was used the most as major alternative artery during work on Islamabad section of metro bus project. All affected roads would also be rehabilitated simultaneously and CDA would utilize its own resources to complete repair/maintenance work of the affected roads.

During the meeting it was decided that rehabilitation work on all major roads and streets of Islamabad would be started without delay in order to facilitate the general public and in the first phase main arteries of Islamabad would be repaired. The authority has also decided to upgrade the different marakiz and class-III shopping centers of Islamabad and for this purpose, amenities including streetlights, repair and maintenance and up-gradation of footpaths, roads and other facilities and infrastructure in the markets would be ensured.

In order to make capital city more beautiful and attractive, the meeting decided to beautify all entry points, median strips and green belts along the major avenues with colourful flowering plants and fascinating landscaping. It was also decided to plant different varieties of shady and fruit trees at selected sites and flower beds are being prepared at slopes and grass would be planted at slopes along the Kashmir highway.

On this occasion Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal was apprised that in order to complete the repair/ maintenance of affected roads, work on the roads of Sector G-9 is in progress while repair and maintenance work on the 9th Avenue, Nazim-ud-Din Road, Luqman Hakim Road and other major roads of Islamabad affected by metro project has also been started. He was also apprised of the development and repair work at I-8 crossing and Faizabad areas on Islamabad Expressway.

Maroof Afzal directed the engineering wing of CDA to take consolidated steps for early completion of repair and maintenance and carpeting work on major avenues of the federal capital without compromising the quality. He directed concerned officers to pay personal visits to the sites where work is in progress to submit daily progress report in this regard.