President directs CDA to make Islamabad parks friendly for the specially-abled

Wheelchair access will be provided to the 235 parks as well as the malls in the federal capital

President Arif Alvi has directed to make the parks in the federal capital more accessible to people with disabilities. The participants of the meeting included the secretary of the housing ministry and the chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

CDA Chairman and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration Chief Commissioner Aamer Ali Ahmed said that special arrangements will be made in the 235 parks in Islamabad to facilitate the specially-abled people. Wheelchair access will also be ensured in the parks across the city.

Apart from the parks, ramps will also be made available for wheelchair access in the shopping malls. It should help in ensuring the greater inclusion of all members of society. It is also a model that can be followed by other cities across the country.

There is also a need to improve the conditions of many parks in general that have been badly affected by the neglect of the authorities. Many of the fixtures have either broken down or stolen in a number of parks. The maintenance work also needs to be done since grass in most parks has grown several inches high. The walking tracks also have been taken over by shrub.  

Nuxhat Khurshid
Nuxhat Khurshid is a passionate writer, reader and documentary-maker. She mostly writes on environment, climate change and development issues for Islamabad Scene.

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