ISLAMABAD - Member Administration Capital Development Authority (CDA), Amer Ahmed Ali, here on Saturday said that civic body has planned to launch an urban transport system in the federal capital to provide a decent transport facility to the commuters and the bus service would hopefully be on roads within three to four months.

Addressing the businessmen at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he said that business community is playing a significant role in the development of local economy and CDA will take stakeholders on board on all important matters to facilitate them. He said the issue of levying parking fee in markets is still under consideration and the authority will settle this issue in consultation with businessmen. He explained that CDA should be able to provide services in lieu of fee structure, which shall remain rationalised.

He said many measures are being taken to bring further improvements in CDA's internal systems to make them efficient and transparent. These initiatives will take some time and hopefully people will see positive change in CDA in coming days.

The CDA is also considering outsourcing the maintenance and repairs works of footpaths, pavements, roads etc to improve the look of Islamabad. Building byelaws would also be reviewed to improve them in order to cater to the current needs of industry.

He assured that his doors will remain opened for individuals and businessmen to listen to their problems and explore optimum solutions of their problems. In his welcome address, President, ICCCI Shaban Khalid said that CDA has a critical role in the development of local infrastructure to facilitate the smooth growth of business activities and we look forward that the new blood would make a difference in the performance of CDA.

He said the chief commissioner ICT has agreed to hold once in a month meeting involving the representatives of ICCI, local administration, police and CDA to resolve problems proactively and hoped that CDA would cooperate in this effort to settle maters before they become problems.