Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced the construction of two new parking plazas in Islamabad in response to the city’s growing parking issues.
The decision is being made as construction on the Rs1.3 billion Blue Area parking plaza, which has a September 30th, 2023 completion date, is underway.
Tahir Mahmood, the director of works, announced that contracts for the construction of two new plazas—one in the I-8 markaz and one in the F-8—would be awarded in the next three days through the calling of tenders.
Four additional plazas have already been designed, he continued, and the CDA will shortly decide when to begin their development. Notably, the city has been experiencing parking issues as a result of the declining number of parking spots.
CDA officials emphasised that the rise in vehicles, along with poor bylaw and planning implementation, were significant contributors to the parking problem.
The number of parking spaces in markets and plazas had been planned according to the number of stores, but over time, store owners changed the layout, leading to an increase in the number of shops.
The lack of parking spots in Blue Area and other commercial centres, such as F-8 Markaz, was raised in a letter from the Islamabad Traffic Police to the CDA in 2016.
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