Islamabad—After months of delay, as many as 49 directorates of Capital Development Authority (CDA) were formally transferred to the first-ever Metropolitan Corporation in the federal capital here on Wednesday. Flanked by deputy mayors and mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) Sheik Ansar Aziz, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry addressing a press conference here said a notification had been issued today, fully devolving powers along with directorates to the Metropolitan Corporation which had become fully functional from now on.
He said CDA had transferred a total of 49 directorates, including 23 fully while 26 directorates were partially devolved to the IMC which he hoped would work for the betterment of people of Islamabad as per vision of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
He said the CDA retained 21 directorates and would continue its work routinely.
Rejecting impression that CDA had become redundant, the minister said planning and development had been its core function, adding CDA was going to launch 15 to 16 development projects in the federal capital.
He said Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation and CDA would work hand and glove for the development and prosperity of the people of the Islamabad.
Replying to a question minister said devolution process would not affect rights of CDA employees as they would continue to work in those directorates under same chain of command. They would avail same salary, perks and privileges as already mentioned in a notification which had been issued before, he added.
Answering another question, he said a 400-strong new force was being formed in CDA under the directives of the prime minister to start crackdown against encroachments and illegal occupation in the federal capital.
Similarly, he added a law was being prepared to settle issues of those localities which had been constructed decades ago.
Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz said the first meeting of the elected representatives of the Metropolitan Corporation would be held on Monday at Pak-China Center, adding he and his team would work with complete dedication to provide best facilities of life to the people of Islamabad. Currently, he added, water shortage was major issue and concrete measures would be made to improve drinking water supply to all residential sectors of the federal capital.
He said a vibrant strategy envisaging short and long terms measures would be worked out to resolve drinking water issue permanently.
He said on short-term basis, besides installing more tube- wells, administrative issues would be sorted out to overcome water shortage while as part of long-term plan, a pipeline would be laid from Ghazi Barotha Dam to supply clean drinking water to residents of Islamabad.