Islamabad - Islamabad is the first city of the country and 101st in the world to have adopted United Nations accords on urban environment to further enhance environment of the capital city, Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority  Sheikh Anser Aziz said.

He was speaking at a cycling event titled “Volunteers on Wheel” held at Faisal Mosque on Thursday. The mayor said that cycling lanes had been added along the Constitution Avenue, Margalla Road, School Road and 7th Avenue while adding cycling lanes along the roads had been made mandatory in future so that increasing environmental pollution could be controlled in addition to the promotion of health activity in the city.

On the occasion, IG Islamabad Capital Territory Police Sultan Azam Taimuri, Secretary Red Crescent Society Obaid Ullah Khan, President Islamabad Bar Association Naveed Malik, SSP Traffic Malik Matloob Hussain, members of the civil society and a number of volunteers were also present.  The mayor said that he was glad to know that 1.8 million registered volunteers of Red Crescent were serving humanity and that the number would reach five million by 2020. He said that all union councils of the MCI had been directed to constitute volunteer teams to serve in close coordination with the Red Crescent.

The mayor further said that the MCI was working with National Disaster Management Authority so that expertise and technical capabilities of each other could be utilised to respond to any untoward incident. He said that improving environment of Islamabad and preserving its green character were among the top priorities of the MCI.

After signing the Islamabad Green Charter, he said, the MCI was taking steps to save the city’s environment from pollution and reduce the damages already been caused to the environment. He said that cycling all over the world was considered as a healthy and environment-friendly activity, therefore; he said that steps would be taken for promotion of cycling and awareness regarding its importance for environment and health.

The mayor said that suggestions from the people representing different walks of life, particularly the media, would be given importance as, in the future, opinion and suggestions of the citizens would be given importance before initiating a project.

On the occasion, volunteers of the Red Crescent brought out a cycle rally to promote cycling culture and spread awareness regarding importance of cycling for healthy environment.

 Meanwhile, a report of Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges on Privilege Motion moved by Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah against the Chairman Capital Development Authority was presented in the Senate on Thursday.

Chairman Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini presented the committee report in the House. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain moved the privilege motion regarding non-implementation of recommendations of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research by the Chairman Capital Development Authority. Senators Saeed Majeed, Azam Khan Swati, Saeed Mandokhel, Usman Kakar, Ilyas Bilour, William and others paid tributes to the committee for doing good job to save precious 1,400 acres of land of National Agricultural Research Council (NARC).

Chairman Senate also complimented the House and the efforts of the committee and said that the Prime Minister had signed the summary and directed the CDA not to cancel the lease of the land.