New regulatory framework for Islamabad on cards: Ali Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Capital Development Authority (CDA) Affairs Ali Nawaz Awan on Tuesday announced that a new regulatory framework was being developed for the Federal Capital to merge different organizations including Civic Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Cooperative departments, Companies Acts and others into one.
Addressing a news conference, he said the initiative was being taken to avoid urban flooding as one such occurred in the sector E-11 of Islamabad that took lives of a mother and her child recently.
Summary of the framework had been submitted to the Federal Cabinet, he said while hoping that it would become law soon after its principal approval.
Awan said it would be inappropriate for the city, if different agencies including CDA, SECP and others were overseeing its regulatory framework.
He said efforts were afoot to carry out hydrological survey of different societies including sector E-11.
Sharing the brief of an inquiry conducted by three-member committee formed in the wake of urban flooding at the sector E-11, he said the whole city was normal but flooding was occurred in one street of E-11 when the Federal Capital experienced record rainfall for two and half hours on July 28.
Awan said the flooding was caused for narrowing down of nullah to 18 feet from its natural domain of 40 feet.
In 2012, the then CDA’s Member Planning gave permission to cover the nullah, he said, adding the house, in which the water entered on July 28 and killed two people, was given approval in 2014.
There was a dissent in the note thus permission granted by member planning to the then town planner was incorrect, he said, adding all the then hierarchy of CDA including Member’s Planning was charge sheeted on the basis of inquiry report. - APP