Islamabad - As work on Metro Bus Service project is nearing its completion, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has also started rehabilitation, up-gradation and beautification work of the roads, markets and green belts across the Federal Capital. “We have directed our Machine Pool Organization to repair the affected roads and markets at the earliest to facilitate the citizens,” a CDA spokesman told this agency.

He said the rehabilitation Margalla Avenue, which was most used as major alternative artery during work on Islamabad section of Metro Bus Project had started. “Other affected roads are also being rehabilitated simultaneously,” he said, adding that the civic body was utilising its own resources to complete the maintenance work of the affected roads.

He said that it was decided during a recent meeting held at CDA headquarter 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 three shopping centers of Islamabad and for this purpose amenities, including street lights, repair and maintenance and upgradation 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 CDA has also decided to beautify all entry points, median strips and green belts along the major avenues with colourful flowering plants and fascinating landscaping.

Meanwhile, Capital Development Authority (CDA) will add 55 acres more land to the Capital’s Marghazar Zoo to make new animal enclosures under the approved plan.

The project “Development of Marghazar Zoo, Islamabad” costing Rs1407.8 million has been divided into five packages. Package-I, including two animals enclosures, has already been completed at a cost of Rs19.37 million while the remaining packages will be completed gradually with the availability of funds. Presently the design of elephant enclosure has been completed and will be tendered out in current financial year.

The design of lion enclosure and animal hospital is in progress.

According to Cabinet Division sources, there is no proposal under consideration of the government to establish new zoo in the Capital.

It may be mentioned that Marghazar Zoo was established in 1978 as a temporary facility on 25 acres area in foothills of Margallah Hills National Park (MHNP). In 2007 the CDA decided to upgrade the existing zoo on modern concepts to improve quality of experience for the visitors, and provide appropriate habitats and living conditions for the wildlife with accepted international standards and education regarding wildlife conservation.