The Ministry of Interior has notified a 12-member commission to carry out the first-ever revision of Islamabad’s master plan
According to a notification dated Dec 28, the commission will be headed by the chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Committee, who will act as a convenor of the commission until such time that an individual from the private sector is appointed chairman.
Other members include Pakistan Institute for Environmental Development Action Research Islamabad Executive Syed Ayub Qutub,United Nations Settlement Programme Habitat Programme Manager Jawed Ali Khan, former CDA member planning and design Asad Mehboob Kayani, the incumbent member planning, the director general of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, the director general of the Rawalpindi Development Authority, the physical planning chief of the Planning Commission, Islamabad’s chief metropolitan officer, the CDA’s master plan director, and a renowned architect and a town planner to be nominated by the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners.
The notification also carried the name of Dr Ghulam Abbas Anjum, the former dean of faculty of architecture and planning at the University of Engineering and Technology, who died a few days ago. When the cabinet decided on the commission members, Dr Anjum was still alive.
The commission will revise the city’s master plan for the next 20 years and recommend the possible regularisation of construction that violates the 1960 CDA Ordinance, the master plan, the 1992 Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Zoning Regulations, the 2005 Islamabad Building Regulations and other regulations made under the CDA Ordinance.
According to its terms of reference (ToR), the commission “shall keep in view the increased private sector participation on health and education sectors to make recommendations”.