Capital Development Authority (Islamabad)

Islamabad Cabinet Secretariat (Pakistan) Islamabad Capital Territory
Capital Development Authority
دارالحکومت ترقی اختیار
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Public benefit corporation overview
FormedJune 14, 1960 (1960-06-14)
JurisdictionIslamabad Capital Territory
HeadquartersG-7/4, Islamabad
Annual budget45,824.87 million (2014-2015)
Minister responsible
  • Ali Nawaz Awan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (Minister of State)
Key documents
Board: Chairman and Six Members and a labour union leader who works as a collective bargaining agent.
Road sign, Islamabad

Capital Development Authority (Urdu: دارالحکومت ترقی اختیار‎, abbreviated as CDA), is a public benefit corporation responsible for providing municipal services in Islamabad Capital Territory. The CDA was established on 14 June 1960 by executive order entitled Pakistan Capital Regulation. As of 2016, most of CDA's municipal services and departments have been transferred to the newly created Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, although CDA is still in charge of estate management, project execution and sector developments.[1]


Islamabad Clock.

Yahya Khan was designated its first Chairman, when he was a Lieutenant General.

Responsibilities and services

CDA Model School

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 Islamabad." Various human rights activists condemned the response.[2][3][4]

See also


  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.