While driving towards the 500 year-old recently revamped Saidpur village, one feels as though one has been taken back in time. Along the road are mud houses and stacks of hay, which lay out the traditional ambience of a village, with the Margalla Hills looming ahead. However, modern changes are very much in evidence, given the recent Rs. 400 million investment by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) of Islamabad. Many of these changes, however, have not been welcomed by critics, preservationists and environmentalist. A major controversy regarding the project was (and continues to be) over the issue of preservation of the original state of Saidpur. The idea was to restore the buildings to their original look with, according to Momin Agha, Head of Municipal Works of CDA, an "emphasis on preserving history and enhancing culture". However, many question the way in which these buildings have been redone, stating that a lot of European touches have been introduced, such as a newly built gate built in apparently traditional Spanish style that welcomes you to the village, thus failing to sustain the traditional ambience. What has disturbed preservationists is that the original wall just alongside the temple has been extended using brick shaped rocks which do not fit in with the rest of the architecture. This has resulted in parts of the village not being in sync with the rest thus causing the danger of reinventing the village instead of maintaining it, to crop up. This is a criticism that the CDA has thus far failed to address. A hall previously used as a school has been transformed into a museum and renovated to its original form, though, according to Fauzia Minallah who writes in her new book titled "Glimpses into Islamabad's Soul," "a little overdone" in terms of dTcor and aesthetics. She also writes about how one of the villagers remembers there being "three Hindu temples in the Village, each one of which being near "a natural stream. " Unfortunately, now, only one remains. The vigorous encroachments being carried out by the CDA have resulted in the demolition of a 200 year old house to make way for a new road built which slithers its way into the very heart of  Saidpur. Another disturbing fact is that of the "paint job" which has been carried out by the CDA resulting in some houses being painted while the others remaining in their original colour. With reference to critics who have condemned turning Saidpur Village into a model village arguing that the locals have been displaced due to the recent changes, Mr. Agha said that they "have not been displaced. Those whose homes had been taken up were provided with alternate homes" by the "housing units" that have been set up by the CDA. However, according to information received from some villagers, over a hundred houses on both  sides of the central stream have been marked for demolition, to make way for a road that will lead up to Pir Sohawa. One is left to ponder about exactly how many more housing units the CDA is prepared to make. Talking about how many feel that the village is not attracting as many tourists as was previously hoped, Mr. Agha stated how the CDA does not want to village to turn into a total public attraction, because if hundreds of people start coming the locals would "become a spectacle. " One may wonder with the opening and introduction of the many "fancy shops and boutiques and restaurants", how "hundreds of people" will not come thus preventing the locals from becoming mere spectacles. The fear of how the authenticity and heritage of Saidpur has been tampered with is worrying many who feel that its rich tradition has been lost forever.