Commercial use of public parks irks Bahria Town residents

ISLAMABAD: Bahria Town has illegally converted 64.40 kanal (41,636 Sq. yards) land designated for parks into commercial plots in Phase-IV, Daily Times has learnt.

Bahria Town has earned around Rs 1.5 billion by selling amenity land. Taking notice of the protests waged by the residents, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and courts have barred the Bahria Town from violation of by-laws.

No end in sight to control Rawal Dam pollution

Islamabad - Struggling to break free from the civic problems arising out of the mismanagement and poor planning on part of Capital Development Authority, the residential colonies in the area of Bhara Kahu are also a source of pollution to Rawal Dam — the major water resource of the garrison city.

Bhara Kahu — an area situated on the outskirts of Islamabad along the main road leading to Murree and Azad Jammu & Kashmir — is facing multiple problems, thanks to the negligence and indifference on part of the district administration.

Senate body wants to halt expansion of Islamabad Highway

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to stop the expansion of Islamabad Highway until a no-objection certificate is issued by the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA).

The direction was issued when the committee learnt that the CDA had started widening the three-lane highway without getting an environmental clearance from Pak-EPA.

Expressway expansion: Saplings to be planted

CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said the authority will follow the Environment Protection Agency’s guidelines by planting four times more trees than are removed in various areas of the capital.

He said the civic agency will attempt to mitigate damage to the environment during the project by planting four saplings against each tree that is cut down in the greenbelts, as well as on both sides of the highway.

He also said an environmental impact assessment is in progress under the guidance of a leading environmental agency. Work on widening the Islamabad Expressway began on July 1.