ISLAMABAD  - The Capital Development Authority has finally moved ahead to develop the much-trumpeted Bird Aviary Park in the federal capital, five years after it had been proposed in 2007.

The project was initiated during the tenure of former CDA chief Kamran Lashari but it could not move ahead owing to Authority’s poor financial health; however now it has been decided to resume the work. The ‘Walk-in-Aviary’ is being developed in Lake View Park over 3.8 acres of land. Member Engineering Sanaullah Aman said the Authority in a recent meeting the CDA has decided to resume work on the project as any more delay would decay the already completed work.

The area had already been covered with net but since long it had been awaiting the birds to reside in.

Under this project, birds of around 100 species would be brought from local market as well as imported from different countries and the Aviary would provide them natural habitat. The park would be open to public offering a unique experience to of birds seeing in the sanctuary.

The CDA would outsource the services and maintenance work of the aviary including the purchase of birds. Aman said among the species of birds to be released in the park included pheasants, parrots, partridges, doves, pigeons, water fowls and different ornamental birds.

The contractor firm would be responsible for health care including proper preventive and curative measurers besides security and safety of visitors and birds.

Moreover, operational arrangements like ticket booth, staffers including veterinarians, guides, guards, keepers, sweepers and gardeners will be ensured by the firm. Sanaullah Aman said close circuit cameras will be installed in the aviary and proper checking of visitors and their belongings before entering the aviary would be made.

The visitors will be bound to stay inside the railing and forbidding them to enter into plantation and feed the birds other then any material permitted. The information plaques containing photographs of the birds their species, habits and origin will be affixed.