Capital Development Authority

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Capital Development Authority, Islamabad
Logo CDA Authority.gif
Created: June 14, 1960
Headquarter: G-7/4, Islamabad
Scope: Islamabad Capital Territory
Budget Rs.45,824.87 million (2014-2015)
Chairman Mr. Maroof Afzal (2015)
Control: CDA Board which comprises Chairman and Six Members and a labour union leader who works as a collective bargaining agent.
Legislation: CDA Ordinance of June 27
CDA manages Islamabad

Capital Development Authority (CDA), is a public benefit corporation responsible for providing municipal services in the Islamabad city (Capital city of Pakistan), established on June 14, 1960, first by an executive order issued on June 24, 1960 entitled the Pakistan Capital Regulation, to be superseded by the CDA ordinance issued on June 27, 1960.


The CDA Ordinance constituted the authority, laid down its charter and defined its power, duties, functions and responsibilities. Initially the administration of the authority and its functions were controlled by a board consisting of three members: the Chairman, Financial Advisor and one other Member with the commissioner Rawalpindi acting as ex officio Member. With the passage of time and added responsibilities, the CDA board is now composed of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Members of Finance, Administration and Engineering. Commissioner of Rawalpindi and Chief Commissioner Islamabad are the ex officio members of CDA Board. Each member is in charge of various directorates well staffed with highly educated, experienced and capable professionals in various fields and disciplines.

CDA is responsible for coordinating all endeavors for the development of the whole of the capital region so that unity of purpose is ensured at all times. Within Islamabad area CDA is not only the planning and coordinating authority but also the executive authority.

History of CDA[edit]

CDA beautifies.

Pakistan's formation, tumultuous and full of turmoil, necessitated the formation of a new national capital. The forging of a new conscious political identity was the foremost reason, along with the fact that the existing, almost de facto, capital Karachi was already under pressure socially, politically and economically. Karachi was not, in addition, a satisfactory solution from the points of view of climate, tradition and the existing buildings, which were inadequate in number and not quite up to the standards required by a capital. The layout and structure of the existing port city did not allow it to take on the functions of a modern capital. On the other hand, the influx of refugees intensified the existing problems and created new ones. The solution to these problems was instituting a new capital, which could be planned, developed and built according to the Government's requirements and prerogatives. The location, after significant research and several reports on various settings for the capital, was chosen adjacent to the garrison city of Rawalpindi. And the city was named Islamabad. Islamabad, Pakistan. The City of Islam, Land of the Pure.

After the government of Pakistan's decision to relocate the capital of the country out of Karachi, an executive order was issued, setting into motion the creation of an organization essentially to oversee the planning and maintenance of Islamabad. The executive order, titled the Pakistan Capital Regulation was first passed on June 14, later to be superseded by the CDA Ordinance, issued on June 27, 1960. This ordinance laid down the charter of the fledgling organization, chaired by the then President, General Muhammad Ayub Khan, defined its jurisdiction, powers duties, functions and responsibilities. During the early stages of the formation and development of the CDA, a Chairman, a Financial Advisor and a Board Member were handed the realm. The Commissioner of Rawalpindi was assigned an ex officio Membership, for collaborative purposes. Since then, as the Authority has matured and grown along with the capital, several extra responsibilities have been added, including increasing its fold and control over municipal issues. Also, the organizational structure has undergone revamping to now comprise six Board Members, one each for Planning, Finance, Administration, Estate, Environment and Engineering, and the Chairman.

At this point, the CDA is responsible for coordinating all endeavors for the development of the whole of the capital region so that the unity of purpose is ensured at all times. Within Islamabad area, the CDA is not only the planning and coordinating Authority but also the executive Authority.

With the putting into action of Islamabad, the original master plan, devised by an international architecture firm, Doxiadis Associates, had provided only a broad outline or framework for the new capital. The actual implementation of the plan with all its intricate and complex nuances was made possible by the dedication, professionalism, expertise and tireless efforts of all the members of the CDA whose pioneering spirit has made the CDA a model town-planning organization.}]

List of directorates[edit]

CDA creates art in Islamabad.

Following is the list of directorates working in Capital Development Authority.

Islamabad Dog Show, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Administration Directorate
  • Aiwan-e-Sadar Directorate
  • Architecture Directorate
  • Building Control Directorate - I
  • Building Control Directorate - II (Civil)
  • Bulk Water Management Directorate
  • Capital Hospital
  • Cares Directorate
  • CDA Model School
  • Central Engineering Laboratory
  • Coordination Directorate
  • Coordination Directorate (Parliament House)
  • Directorate of General Services
  • Directorate of Geology & Hydrology Laboratory
  • Directorate of Housing Society
  • Directorate of Law Opinion
  • Directorate of M.Q.C
  • Directorate of One Window Operation
  • Directorate of Parliament Lodges
  • Directorate of Quantity Survey
  • Directorate of Regulations
  • Directorate of Roads & Market Maintenance
  • Dy. Director General (Sewerage Treatment Plant)
  • E&M Development Directorate
  • E&M Maintenance Directorate
  • Emergency & Disaster Management Directorate
  • Enforcement Directorate
  • Environment Directorate (East)
  • Environment Directorate (Regional)
  • Environment Directorate (Urban/West)
  • Environment Protection Directorate
  • Estate Management - I
  • Estate Management - II
  • Finance Directorate
  • Health Services Directorate
  • Human Resource Directorate
  • Information Technology (IT) Directorate
  • Internal Audit Directorate
  • Land & Rehabilitation Directorate
  • Law Directorate
  • Maintenance Directorate
  • MPO Directorate
  • Municipal Administration Directorate
  • Programming & Evaluation Directorate
  • Project Management Office
  • Public Relations Directorate
  • Regional Planning Directorate
  • Revenue Directorate
  • Road Directorate (North)
  • Road Directorate (South)
  • Sanitation Directorate
  • Sector Development (E&M) Directorate
  • Sector Development Directorate
  • Security Directorate
  • Simly Dam Division
  • Special Projects Directorate
  • Sports & Culture Directorate
  • Structure Directorate
  • Supply of Store Material (Hardware) items
  • Traffic Engg. & Transport Planning Cell
  • Training Academy
  • Treasury Division
  • Urban Planning Directorate
  • Water & Sewerage Development Directorate
  • Water Supply Directorate
  • Works Directorate
  • Zoo & Wildlife Management Directorate

Responsibilities and Services[edit]

Tilla Grani-CDA manges environment
  • Act as Regulatory Authority
    • Building Code Standards.
    • Environment Standards.
    • Public Safety Standards.
  • Maintenance
    • Local Roads Maintenance and Repair Work.
    • Public Infrastructure Maintenance.
    • Garbage Collection
  • Developer and Planner
    • Further expansion of Islamabad, Future planning
    • Township

CDA Model School[edit]

The Capital Development Authority developed CDA Model School in Islamabad in 1970.

See also[edit]


Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan, the last President and Commander in Chief (CNC) of United Pakistan (which comrpised East Pakistan & West Pakistan was designated its first Chairman, when he was a Lieutenant General.

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