CDA and ICCI to join hands to facilitate industrialization and growth of commercial activities

Islamabad: CDA is envisaging many initiatives by making in-house corrections to facilitate the growth of industrialization and commercial activities.

This was said by Mr. Maroof Afzal, Chairman, CDA while addressing the business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He said building byelaws are being revised to allow multiple trades on industrial plots and trade change has been opened except for negative list. Negative list is also being revised downward to allow more trades.

He said cooperation of business community and civil society will be welcomed to improve the performance of public utilities including water filtration plants and public toilets.

He said CDA has done comprehensive homework to improve local infrastructure including roads, footpaths, street lights etc. He said a thorough enforcement mechanism has been envisaged to remove all encroachments including Kachi Bastees from Islamabad on permanent basis.

Maroof Afzal said a mechanism is being developed to end non-conforming use of residential premises including disconnection of utility services and blocking their access.

Building Control Section is being revamped to streamline building completion processes and to eliminate unnecessary hurdles & delays. Policy for plots cancellation is being revised to ensure that no injustice is done to allotees. Parking plazas are being planned to address parking issues in commercial areas.

He said CDA is planning mini Sewerage Treatment Plants in Islamabad to take care of sewerage issues. Solid waste management systems are being planned to address sanitation issues and mechanical sweeping of main roads will be introduced.

Place has been allocated for shifting of courts from F-8 area. He assured the business community that their all issues will be addressed to facilitate the growth of business community which will help in improving the local economy.

In his welcome address, Shaban Khalid, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry appreciated the positive initiatives of CDA to remove encroachments and to make Islamabad a clean and model city.

He said ICCI will fully cooperate with CDA in improving local infrastructure for growth of trade and industry. He lauded the positive direction of CDA’s management to improve communication with stakeholders and seek their cooperation to improve things.

Representatives of various markets highlighted major issues of markets including lease renewal issues, high extra construction charges, double fee on change of titles, chocked sewerage lines, broken roads & footpaths, lack of street lights, unsatisfactory condition of water filtration plants and public toilets.

CDA was requested to allocate plots for construction of residential flats for small traders on no profit no loss basis, issue license for offices of Market Associations. ICCI requested to revise building byelaws considering current requirements and future growth potential of trade and industry.

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