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 Sheikh Ansar Aziz (2016)
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
Road sign, 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on June 14, 1960, first by an executive order issued on June 24, 1960 entitled the Pakistan Capital Regulation, to be superseded by the CDA ordinance issued on June 27, 1960.

As of 2016, most of the CDA's municipal services and departments have been transferred to the newly-created Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, although the CDA is still in charge of estate management, project execution and sector developments.[1]

History of CDA[edit]

Islamabad Clock.

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

Responsibilities and Services[edit]

  • 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]

Location of CDA Model School

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


Since 2014, the CDA has been targeting and demolishing illegal slums who are largely occupied by Christians in Islamabad. The Supreme Court put on hold the demolitions and ordered from the CDA a written justification to it. The CDA's replied that "Most of these katchi abadies [slums] are under the occupation of the Christian community." "It seems this pace of occupation of land by Christian community may increase. Removal of katchi abadies is very urgent to provide [a] better environment to the citizen[s] of Islamabad and to protect the beauty of Islam." Various human rights activists condemned the response.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anis, Muhammad (2 March 2016). "70% CDA employees to be transferred to Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation". The Nation. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Ghani, Faras (14 Dec 2015). "Islamabad's Christian slums face demolition". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Islamabad's Christian slum dwellers pray for Christmas miracle". The Express Tribune. Islamabad. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Sandhu, Serina (14 December 2015). "Plans to demolish Christian-majority slums in Islamabad put on hold by Supreme Court". The Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 

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