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CDA to replace 40-year-old water, sewer lines


ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority is planning to replace 40-year-old water and sewer lines in the city.
CDA Environment and Engineering Member Sanaulla Aman expressed these views while speaking at a ceremony to initiate the ‘Clean and Green Islamabad’ campaign for Sector I9 on Friday. 
According to reports, the mechanical sweeping would soon be started for main avenues of the city, including the Jinnah Avenue, the Islamabad Highway and the 9th Avenue. 
The sanitation staff working there would be used to further improve the CDA’s services for other areas of the city. 
The CDA would start a tree plantation move from March during which 600,000 saplings would be planted. Different organisations, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), would collaborate with the CDA during this tree plantation drive. 
Addressing the gathering, Sanaulla Aman said that clean and green environment guaranteed healthy and hearty life. “The Capital Development Authority is applying all available resources to further strengthen the status of Islamabad as one of the most clean and green cities in the world. The residents of the capital should also put forward their warm-hearted backing for this sacred cause.”
The Clean and Green Islamabad campaign is initially focusing on six sectors – I10, I9, G10, G9, F7 and F6. 
The campaign has already started on February 12 from Sector I10, which will conclude on February 25. 
In the second phase, the CDA would start the campaign for the remaining sectors in March. 
“The ‘Clean and Green Islamabad’ campaign is meticulously designed, which will cover all areas of civic life,” the environment member added.
He said that the campaign’s target was to accelerate cleanliness work in residential and commercial areas of Islamabad. 
“In addition to this, the campaign will further focus on the infrastructure upgradation, including sewerage, greenbelts, parks, play areas and other relevant civic amenities. Tree plantation for increase in greenery is also among the major objectives of the campaign. But more than that, ‘Clean and Green Islamabad’ is an awareness campaign. All the stakeholders, including the Capital Development Authority, traders, civil society, students and residents of the city need to be persistently vigilant about cleanliness and greenery in the capital,” he said. “All of us have to play our due role for this sacred cause.”
The presence of representatives of the traders community, civil society, welfare societies, residents’ societies, students and common citizens in a large number on this occasion was the testimony of keenness of all stakeholders to keep the city clean and green. 
He said that the CDA being a responsible authority for cleanliness and greenery was well aware of and quite prepared for the job. “Let’s be lasting allies for development of the city,” the member further said.
The representatives of the I9 Welfare Association while speaking on the occasion expressed their satisfaction over the campaign and thanked the Capital Development Authority for its work in Sector I9.
CDA environment deputy director general and the civic management director general on the occasion shared the details of the ‘Clean and Green Islamabad’ campaign for Sector I9 with the audience and said that the entire CDA machinery was in action to make the campaign a success. 
They said that the authority was approaching all the stakeholders to get their participation for the campaign. They also said that the CDA staff would remain present at the camp for three days to address the complaints of citizens.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by a walk, which was led by the engineering and environment member and participated by civil society activists, traders, members of welfare associations, residents’ associations, students and common citizens.

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