Islamabad - Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad is taking all out measures for development of the capital and provision of civic facilities in the city, Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz claimed on Wednesday.

The residents of Islamabad and private sector should step up to play their role in the development of the city, he added. He said that the public sector could give better results in development of social infrastructure.

The mayor said that importance of civil society had increased due to its contribution in development activities in the world. He said that parks, green belts and playgrounds in Islamabad and other civic facilities were being upgraded. He said that everyone should come forward to play his/her role in up-gradation of these facilities and its monitoring.

Sheikh Anser said that the MCI had invited applications from private sector for up-gradation of civic facilities, adding that it was commendable and encouraging that private sector under corporate social responsibility was playing due role in development and beautification of the capital. He said that the MCI was working on a comprehensive plan to upgrade and improve and establish new parks and grounds in the city to expose the talented sportsmen.

Sheikh Anser said that this perception was absolutely wrong that the playgrounds upgraded under CSR would be operational on commercial basis. He added that every resident of Islamabad had the right to use the playgrounds. He said that he had directed the concerned formations for provision of online facility for the residents for using these playgrounds.

The mayor said that special focus was being given to add new recreational facilities in the Lake View Park and proper sanitation system. He said that under the up-gradation plan, work on installation of modern light system would be started in Lake View Park at a cost of Rs3 million. The formal approval has been sought in this regard, while installation work will start during the next month, he said.