Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made a historic decision to undertake the construction and maintenance of roads in rural areas of Islamabad beyond the sector area.
To fulfill this initiative, the CDA has invited tenders worth Rs 2.076 billion. Previously, the responsibility for development work in rural areas rested with the Local Government Department, which is currently occupied with other tasks.
The CDA has opened tenders for construction firms registered with the Pakistan Engineering Council, and the bids will be reviewed on May 24.
The allocated budget includes 14 crores for the rehabilitation of Main Golra Road, Pind Sangrial to Shahullah Dutta, Chontra Road, Koka Chowk to Jobdar Road, and Dhok Ramzan.
An additional 13 crores has been set aside for the rehabilitation of Kharbuza, various roads of Golra Sharif, and GT Road to Main Nowshari Road.
Moreover, 12 crores will be utilized for the Smalley Dam Approach Road, C Dapur Road, and Jund Grand Road, while 38 crores have been allocated for Shahullah Dutta to Sikandar Azam Kanwan. Keena Road, Mandiala Road, and Bari Imam Road will receive 14 crores, and 16 crores will be invested in Phalgaran Skrila Road.
Furthermore, Huzaifa Town will benefit from 15 crores for new settlements, Malpur and Bara Kahu will receive 15 crores for internal roads, and Sahala Japan Road and UC Sahala roads will be rehabilitated with 15 crores. Harmanda Road and Bashir Dhamial Road will be given 18 crores, while Sharif Kayani Road and Khanna East will receive 12 crores.
Additionally, Manga and Gohra Mast Road and UC Bhambar roads will be restored with 10 crores, and Jagiyot Road and Jabi Alipur roads in UC Alipur Khanna will be allocated 17 crores.
The East roads will be upgraded with 18 crores, Tarlai and Panjran roads with 15 crores, and Farash, Chara, Kapra, Tamir, Rawat, Humak, and Sahala roads will be rehabilitated with 15 crores each.
UC Sohan, Shakaryal, Khanna, Kari, Moriyan, and Thand will also receive 15 crores for road improvements. Lastly, 20 crores have been allocated for the rehabilitation of roads in Apani.
Zhawar, an auditor, has raised concerns that the CDA may face objections during the audit process for spending funds in rural areas, as its official jurisdiction is limited to the sector area from which it collects property taxes.
However, Mr. Thawar, a representative of the CDA Board, has stated that the development package for rural areas, approved by the board and valued at ten billion rupees, allows for the allocation of these funds.