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Development of capitals urban, rural areas poles apart.

ISLAMABAD, July 11, 2010 (Balochistan Times): The blithe attitude of city fathers has left rural areas of federal capital in derelict position as they can make no comparison with even the least developed residential sector of Islamabad vis--vis education, health and recreation facilities. One cannot even imagine that rural areas, situated juide of sector F-5, the top elite sector of the federal capital, housing top government machinery, would be facing such neglect as the residents are deprived of basic facilities. On top among them are Bhara Kahu, Sohan, Nurpur, Tarlai and Malpur which lack proper infrastructure for education, health and sanitation and thousands of the residents are forced to live a life of backwardness and desperation. Most of these areas fall in Zone-IV of the federal capital that, under Master Plan of Islamabad, have been preserved as National Park area banning all types of construction activity, but due to poor vigilance on part of the civic body and delay in development of new sectors, a haphazard construction of houses took place in recent years. Having no other option, the CDA has planned to regularize the constructions in the area, following a decision from the Cabinet. According to a CDA spokesman, the by-laws of Zone-IV area are in final stage and would be approved by CDA Board for their onward enforcement in the area stretched over 70,000 acres. Despite all plans, the residents of the rural areas are desperate about their future and describe such development plans a mean to generate revenue from the fast growing rural areas. Whatsoever laws they formulate for Zone-IV and regularize constructions there, the living standards of the people is unlikely to improve. The CDA may only develop infrastructure but who will give us hospitals and educational institutions, said Humayun Iqbal, a trader in Bhara Kahu. He said it is unfortunate that the facility of model schools and colleges have been confined within the urban areas of Islamabad, describing the federal government as sole responsible in this regard. We have to rush to PIMS in case of any emergency as the area lack any well-equipped hospital, said Zahid Iqbal, a school teacher of Tarlai. He said through regularization, the CDA will generate revenue by issuing license to the housing societies that would leave no positive impact on residents lives. Bhara Kahu, housing thousands of families has been provided two higher secondary schools for boys and girls while the Tarlai town has only three primary schools those are insufficient to cater for their educational needs. According to the CDA spokesman, the basic objective for Zone-IV regularization was to streamline the haphazard constructions and provide basic infrastructure in the area. He said once the constructions are regularized and basic infrastructure is provide, the living standard of the people will ultimately improve. Regarding the delay in establishment of more education institutions in the area, an official of Federal Directorate of Education cited the scarcity of funds as basic reason. The spokesman of Islamabad Capital Territory Administration said the establishment of schools and hospitals in rural areas of the federal capital is on cards and launch of the project is subject to availability of funds.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 11, 2010
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