Thursday, July 04, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is taking concrete measure to overcome water shortage in the federal capital.
A CDA official said that there would be no water shortage during the holy month of Ramazan. “We have enough water reservoir in Simly Dam, which can meet the needs of the residents till September,” he said. “In the G sectors, water is supplied from tube-wells and pumping stations, which required regular supply of electricity but now the authority has installed generators on various tube-wells for smooth water supply,” he added.
The residents were facing acute water shortage prior to monsoon. The most populated residential sectors like G6, G7, G8, G9, G10 and I8 were among the worst hit areas. Two residents of G6, Ashfaq Ahmed and Salman Tahir, said that they lodged several complaints to relevant offices requesting water tanker to meet their daily needs but the water inquiry of the CDA did not respond.
Air-conditioned bus service: The CDA has evolved a plan to launch air-conditioned bus service on five different routes in the federal capital.
As many as 80 new diesel-run buses will be purchased in this regard. The estimated cost of these buses is Rs 8 billion.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the quarters concerned to include Rawalpindi in this project as well. The cost of these buses will increase with the inclusion of Rawalpindi.
The first route will start from I11 and terminate at secretariat via Jinnah Avenue. The second route will commence from F10 and end at secretariat via Jinnah Avenue. The third route will begin from G11 and terminate at secretariat covering the areas of Kashmir Highway, G9 and Jinnah Avenue. The fourth route will include the areas of F10, Jinnah Avenue, 9th Avenue and I11. Fifth route will start from G11 and terminate at I11 via G9 Markaz, Ibne Sina Road and 9th Avenue.
Road marking: CDA Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif has directed the formations concerned to ensure road markings for smooth traffic flow and safety of road users. A meeting was held at the CDA headquarters in which the issues of roads marking, roads safety and traffic flow were discussed.
He said that comprehensive plan would be devised in consultation with all stakeholders.
The CDA chairman said that in first phase busy roads should be prioritised and marking should be done as per international standards.
He stressed that road marking would not only provide best traffic facilities to the residents but would also help in reducing road accidents. The planning and design member, engineering member, markets and roads maintenance director, Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning director and ITP SSP also attended this meeting.
Uncovered drains: Open manholes and uncovered drains at Faizabad Interchange are posing serious threats to the lives of people which need attention of the authorities concerned.
According to motorists, there are more than five open manholes and uncovered drains near the main bridge of Faizabad Interchange, which are causing serious threat to the lives of motorists. A motorist at Faizabad Interchange said that the uncovered drains are very dangerous and could cause accidents. The residents claimed that many incidents took place in different areas and people sustained injuries after falling into uncovered manholes.
The residents said that such open manholes could also be seen in various areas like sectors I10, G11, Pir Wadhai and some other congested areas of the city.
A motorist, Sanaullah, said that the open manholes are very dangerous and could cause big accidents so they should be covered immediately. A CDA official said that the authority registered the complaints and addressed them daily. He also added the authority would shortly launch a comprehensive plan to ensure all open manholes and uncovered drains are covered across the city. agencies