islamabad-Capital Development Authority (CDA) will start construction work on Bhara Kahu Interchange next month.

“We are completing necessary documentation to start work on the Bhara Kahu bypass and this project will ease the traffic burden on the main Murree Road,” said a senior official of CDA. He said that people are facing traffic jam issues at Bhara Kahu, especially visitors who come from Murree, adding that after completion of bypass, the traffic issues would also be addressed.

The official said that State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry directed the CDA to complete various ongoing projects within three months. The minister also directed the civic agency to complete development work in D-12 and to start development projects in C-15 and I-15. However, the minister did not pass directives for the stalled sectors of I-14, I-12, E-12 and a section of I-11, where residents have been waiting to be handed over possession of their lands for many years.

The minister directed the CDA to construct an alternative slip road and expand Sarena Chowk, where traffic jams have become routine.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has constituted a committee to take actions against forced child labor at brick kilns.

The committee would be headed by AC (Sadar) and would device a mechanism for taking action against those brick kiln owners who found involved in forced child labour, said a press release issued here by District Administration. The district administration would provide stipends and free education to the minors of labor family.

The director labour ICT also briefed the participants about the measures taken to eliminate forced child labour under the labour laws and started a survey of brick kilns and other business establishments to enforce the labour laws in letter and spirit.

Meanwhle, residents raise voice against encroachments

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad Citizens Committee has expressed concern over mushroom encroachments in various sectors of the federal capital, besides lack of civic amenities.

While highlighting various problems being faced by residents at a press conferences, President ICC Latif Ahmad Rana and other office-bearers said Islamabad needs attention of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to maintain its beauty. They claimed that till now the elected members of local bodies have not been fully empowered to resolve problems of the people.

The decisions for functioning of local bodies in Islamabad, regarding powers of elected members and resources, in line with municipal corporations of other major cities were left to be decided later. The President ICC was of the view that the municipal’s resources were being availed by influential people while the common man is deprived of the same and his problems have been left unattended.

In order to continue this state of affairs, the local body’s representatives were not being handed over their due administrative powers. Latif Ahmed Rana demanded that adequate powers, in accordance with elected bodies of other cities, be handed over to the Local Body’s representatives of Islamabad forthwith.