CDA chairman assures to resolve issues of business community



ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) led by its President Sheikh Amir Waheed visited Capital Development Authority (CDA) headquarters to congratulate Usman Akhtar Bajwa on being appointed as CDA chairman.

Addressing the delegation, Usman Akhtar Bajwa said that Islamabad is facing many problems as there is no long-term strategy or plan in CDA for the development of residential and industrial areas in the federal capital. However, he said that he would prioritise the issues according to their importance and take measures to address them.

He said that he will try to utilise IT and technology to bring efficiency and improvement in the performance of CDA and to provide online services to people. He, however, said that he needed the cooperation and support of the business community for the development of markets and industrial areas.

The newly appointed CDA chairman also said that CDA bylaws and rules have become outdated and needed up-gradation to bring them in line with the present day requirements. He added that he would like to work with ICCI on three priority areas i.e. improving the environment, better development of marketplaces and improving sanitation in Islamabad.

ICCI president hoped that the new CDA chairman would turn the authority into a smart organisation to deliver better services to the people. He highlighted key issues of the business community and said that the local business community was facing great problems in the renewal of leases of commercial plots and CDA should streamline this process.

He said all commercial leases should be extended up to 99 years, which would enable the business community to focus on the better promotion of business activities. He also said that CDA should allow multiple trades on industrial plots except for negative list as the current procedure of change of trade was a hindrance in promoting business activities.