Chronic civic issues a challenge for new CDA chairman.

ISLAMABAD -- New chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) retired Capt Noorul Amin Mengal on Wednesday took charge of the civic agency and made his presence felt by visiting the under construction Bhara Kahu bypass.

An officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) in BS 20, Mr Mengal replaced retired Capt Mohammad Usman. Like his predecessors, Mr Mengal has been appointed as Chief Commissioner and tasked to look after the civic agency's affairs as well.

Mr Usman served in CDA just five months and during his stay he besides focusing on ongoing projects, launched Bhara Kahu bypass, which has two components, one is 4-km-long road and the other over one-km-long flyover.

The road portion is now heading towards completion and work is in progress on flyover portion also.

Mengal takes charge, inspects Bhara Kahu bypass project

He had also started new road from sector D-12 to E-11 to connect the Margalla Road with other parts of the city.

He along with his team made good homework to make the ongoing plots auction a success.

During the last five years, the CDA launched a large number of development projects, particularly during the tenure of Amir Ali Ahmed such as Margalla Road, IJP Road, Expressway, Rawal Dam, 7th Avenue Interchange, G-7 underpass, development of three sectors, etc., were started. Most of the road projects have been completed and now Margalla Road and IJP are near completion.

New chairman will have to pay special attention to completion of development work of sector I-12, I-15 and E-12 and C-15. Except for I-15, the development work in all other sectors has been slow.

Similarly, a parking plaza in Blue Area, which was started in March last year and supposed to be completed by this March, has been making progress at a very slow pace. There is a need to focus on civic issues such as rusting water pipelines while in the city's old sector such as G-6 and G-7 people are facing drainage and sewage line issues.

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