cda history a brief introduction

CDA (Capital Development Authority) possesses a history of its own. It’s 14th of August 1947, Pakistan has officially emerged as an independent nation on the globe. Every emigrant wants to settle in Karachi, which will probably be the Capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. But the city of lights, then, due to its layout and structure, did not possess the characteristics of a modern capital. On the other hand, the continuous current of refugees worsened the existing problems and created new ones. Now, the forging of a new national identity was the foremost reason to lay down the foundation of new Capital, along with the fact that this was the only solution to the current crises. A commission was accordingly set in motion in 1958, which later emerged as CDA. CDA officially came into existence on the 14th of June 1960, and Gen. Yahya Khan was designated its first Chairman.

The location for the new Capital, after significant research and several reports, was chosen in the neighborhood of Rawalpindi, a luscious green land surrounded by the magnificent Margalla Hills. The Capital was named Islamabad, The City of Islam. Islamabad was officially announced as the Capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the 14th of August 1967. Now was the time to maintain international standards and groom the Capital as it concerned the country’s national identity. Therefore, CDA toiled away at the Capital’s strategic planning and solely focused on its development. Today, Islamabad is the world’s second-most beautiful Capital, all thanks to CDA. 

 

Schools and Hospitals are definitely essential to society. How can we not discuss CDA’s contribution to the education and health sector? 

cda history a brief introduction

CDA’s EDUCATIONAL REFORMS

Back in 2015, CDA proposed a mechanism and criteria of shifting schools from residential premises. After two months working CDA prepared a draft proposal for the relocation of schools. The proposal was drafted after having consultation with representatives from stakeholder departments including Federal Directorate of Education, Ministry of Education, Private Educational Institute Regulatory Authority (PEIRA), Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Interior and CDA. The committee proposed 55 sites which had been already allocated to private and government educational institutes  

Keeping in view, the dire need of capacity building of the government institutes as they are occupying huge area/sites in the city, CDA offered various sizes from 4 Kanal to 20 kanals in a transparent process to be presided by a committee comprising members from other ministries also. This construction of additional building and improving standard of education, ultimately resulted in attracting more students and the load was shared.

Day care and Montessori categories were also proposed in every sector.

CDA ensured the availability of schools’ plots. A criterion regarding allotment of school plots was formulated previously in 2002 but could not achieved required results, therefore, an exercise was carried out for revisions and updating of criteria by making it more transparent and result oriented keeping in consideration the existing necessities.

 

CDA ensured that no untitled person or institute would be allowed to participate in the next scheme. The new policy/mechanism proposed by CDA helped end the operation of schools in the residential premises in the city, making it much more convenient and effective for schools to deliver efficient results.

 

CDA’s EDUCATIONAL REFORMS

Back in 2015, CDA proposed a mechanism and criteria of shifting schools from residential premises. After two months working CDA prepared a draft proposal for the relocation of schools. The proposal was drafted after having consultation with representatives from stakeholder departments including Federal Directorate of Education, Ministry of Education, Private Educational Institute Regulatory Authority (PEIRA), Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Interior and CDA. The committee proposed 55 sites which had been already allocated to private and government educational institutes  

Keeping in view, the dire need of capacity building of the government institutes as they are occupying huge area/sites in the city, CDA offered various sizes from 4 Kanal to 20 kanals in a transparent process to be presided by a committee comprising members from other ministries also. This construction of additional building and improving standard of education, ultimately resulted in attracting more students and the load was shared.

Day care and Montessori categories were also proposed in every sector.

CDA ensured the availability of schools’ plots. A criterion regarding allotment of school plots was formulated previously in 2002 but could not achieved required results, therefore, an exercise was carried out for revisions and updating of criteria by making it more transparent and result oriented keeping in consideration the existing necessities.

 

CDA ensured that no untitled person or institute would be allowed to participate in the next scheme. The new policy/mechanism proposed by CDA helped end the operation of schools in the residential premises in the city, making it much more convenient and effective for schools to deliver efficient results.

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CDA Model School Facilities:

Classrooms: 

Classrooms are airy, well-decorated, and equipped with heaters and room-coolers, among many other amenities.

The students have access to three well-equipped labs at the school:

Science Lab

The Science Lab is equipped with all the required equipment for conducting experiments in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Home Economics Lab:

 It features four cooking ranges, a refrigerator, a deep freezer, a microwave oven, sewing machines, crockery, and other essential items for home economics practical.

Computer Lab:

A completely air-conditioned computer lab with 20 P-IV workstations equipped with the most recent operating systems and software packages. 

Students can also use a laser printer, a scanner, a CD-Writer, a DVD-ROM, and other equipment. 

One of the school’s distinguishing aspects is its internet access. 

It features 2mb/s internet access for students and professors to do research. 

The lab is linked together by a fibre optic cable connected through LAN (local area network).

 

Library:

The school library tries to help pupils with their academics and general knowledge. 

The library has an excellent selection of books and publications. 

In the library, both students and faculty have access to all daily news papers and periodicals. 

There are 5076 books in all. 

The school has plans to expand it further to benefit both students and employees.

 

Sports: 

Sports are the most effective way of relieving stress and improving health. The sports provided for the students are badminton, Baseball, shot-put, Javelin, discuss throw etc.

 

Transport Services:

School buses run across the twin cities, picking up and dropping off pupils near their homes. 

The service is supplied at a low cost.

 

Cafeteria: 

A welcoming and inviting school canteen creates a nice environment for pupils. 

Students and professors can purchase refreshments at reduced prices.

 

Auditorium:

 

There is a well-decorated, air-conditioned auditorium offered for academic and co-curricular activities.

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CDA HOSPITAL:

History:

Capital Hospital Islamabad was incorporated in the CDA as a small day care Medical Centre providing preventive and curative medical facilities on an outpatient basis to the employees of the Capital Development Authority, and residents of Islamabad in general.

The need for in-patient care necessitated the conversion of this day care center into a hospital facility and in March 1981, a 60 bedded hospital was started comprising Medical and Pediatric wards, coronary care Unit, X-Ray Department, Pathology Laboratory, Dental Clinic, Dermatology Department and Mother & Child Health Centre. 

In the Second Phase the Surgical Block of the hospital was completed and started function in September 1992 with the Department of General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Gynae and Obstetrics, Neonatology, Eye & ENT, Post-operative Intensive Care and Accident and Emergency Department. As a result, the hospital expanded from its original 60 beds to its current capacity of 250, allowing it to provide state-of-the-art emergency, outpatient, and ward medical and surgical care. 

As of the year 1999, a new building for the hospital’s outpatient care services and laboratory had also been commissioned. In 2008, the Oxygen generation plant was installed at a cost of 15 million. Capital Hospital is a pioneer in this field. Moreover, a saving of 2-3 million/annum is being made since its installation in 2010, Imaging Radiology Department was established having the facility of CT, MRI in year 2010. The Cath Lab was also established in the same year. In 2014 Cardiac Surgical Department was established with a project cost of about 97.00 million. 

CDA HOSPITAL TODAY

CDA continued to work for the betterment of Capital territory and its residents. Yesterday, what was just a blur sight has today emerged as a living solid vision. Capital Hospital is among Islamabad’s leading Health care institutes providing primary to tertiary health care facilities.

Capital Hospital is providing premium health care services to both CDA employees and the public at the lowest prices possible. Equipped with 280- bed and the latest technologies. It’s a tertiary health care center managing its operation under the administrative control of CDA and headed by the Executive Director. Capital Hospital serves as a free healthcare resource for CDA staff and their families, as well as 18 other semi-government institutions.

 

FACILITIES:

CDA Hospital is now a fully-fledged 280 bedded facility with the following fully equipped departments: – 

∙ A very well-equipped laboratory. 

∙ Radiology is equipped with conventional as well as imaging (CT, MRI) facilities. 

∙ HMIS (Hospital Management Information System) in the different phases of usage. 

∙ Operation theater and ICU

∙ Casualty

∙ General Surgical Unit-Laparoscopic Surgical facility 

∙ Medical Unit-CCU, video endoscopy, echo and nuclear cardiology including thallium scanning 

∙ Gynecology- Hysteroscopic surgical facility 

∙ Orthopedics- arthroscopic and implantation facility and physiotherapy 

∙ ENT- General ENT Surgery along with audiology, endoscopy, and microscopic surgical facility

∙ Pediatrics with neonatology unit and immunization facility 

∙ Ophthalmology – Paco and laser facility

∙ Nephrology with six dialysis units 

∙ Urology –endoscopic surgical facility and lithotripsy facility 

∙ Dermatology- lasers 

 

∙ Psychiatry

CONCLUSION

After going through this article you have learnt about the history of cda, the journey of cda and how the successful town planning makes Islamabad among top 3 countries of the world. If you are interested in more blog like this please subscribe Park Green City

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