Islamabad: After an 18-month hiatus, a panel appointed by the federal government to revise Islamabad’s master plan will convene on Monday (today) to explore strategies for completing the work quickly.

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The commission was established in 2018 with the goal of revising the master plan. It did, however, leave the revision to a professional consultant company, which has yet to be appointed, despite drafting an interim report in October 2019.

The panel was recently reformed by the federal cabinet, which appointed retired Maj Gen Farrakh Javed as its chairman and added two new members, architects Murad Jamali and Sikandar Ajam. Earlier, the commission had 12 members but two of them were removed by the cabinet recently.

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Islamabad’s master plan prepared in 1960 by a Greek firm was supposed to be revised after every 20 years but except 43 selected changes no revision was made that resulted in planning issues leading to the unregulated growth of buildings in many parts of the capital.

Background discussion with CDA officials and other stakeholders showed several important issues being confronted by the city that needed intervention by the commission. The official said sectors like F-13, D-13, C-13, H-16, C-16, I-17 and H-16, which were acquired in 2008, are yet to be taken over by the CDA as it has failed to clear dues of the landowners.

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