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CDA ineffective to provide civic facilities.

ISLAMABAD -- The Capital Development Authority (CDA), despite its huge size and structure, has failed to fulfil its responsibilities fully, particularly when it comes to providing civic facilities to all the residents of the capital city.

Apart from some upscale localities, most of the city's neighbourhoods are rife with sanitation, water scarcity, environmental issues and rampant encroachments.

While the kiosks of every kind are being opened on the city greenbelts and stalls are encroaching sidewalks every day but the CDA is playing the role of a silent spectator.

Some neighbourhoods such as Aabpara, Faizabad, Melody, Blue Area, Super Market, Jinnah Super market, Peshawar Road Market, Karachi Company Market, F10 Markaz, F8 Markaz, F11 Markaz, G11 Markaz and a few others have become the victim of worst kind of encroachment.

The encroachers have set up kiosks and stalls in the city's big markets, which are causing inconvenience to the citizens.

The residents allege the encroachments are mushrooming because some of the CDA's staff extorts money from encroachers instead of removing them from the public property.

Moreover, the CDA drives against encroachments have little effect since most of the encroachers reestablish their businesses soon after any official campaign. Some citizens also complain that they reoccupy their vacated areas in connivance with the CDA's officials.

The citizens have demanded the high authorities should take notice of the situation and remove the encroachments in order to facilitate people and maintain city's beauty.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 15, 2014
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