Federal Secretary for Housing Kamran Lashari would be retiring on December 20. He will be remembered for turning around the face of the federal capital during his tenure as Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman.
Lashari, who was the choice of the then interior minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat, took over the civic body in November 2003. During his tenure from 2003 to August 2008, the face of Islamabad witnessed major developments due to new network of principal roads and avenues, recreational spots and high-rise buildings.
The construction of 9th Avenue and 7th Avenue are major achievements of Kamran Lashari and these two avenues have become major roads of the federal capital these days.
Some new cricket grounds in Islamabad with international facilities were also developed, in place of grounds, which were coming on the right of way of 9th and 7th avenues.
The expansion of Khayaban-e-Iqbal (Margalla Road), expansion of Murree Road, Jinnah Avenue and Islamabad Highway, dualisation of Fazal-e-Haq Road, Ibne Sina Road and Nazimuddin Road, Zero Point Interchange, Faisal Avenue Flyover, bridges on 9th and 7th avenues, dualisation of Park Road and improvement of roads in various sectors are also part of the development plan visualised by Kamran Lashari during his term in office.
On the recreational side, there are projects like Lakeview Park, Daman-e-Koh View Point, Ankara Park, development of F-9 Park and Saidpur Village.
The trend of high-rise buildings also started during that period and some commercial plots in Blue Area and a plot adjacent to the Jinnah Convention Centre were auctioned for that purpose. One of those projects ‘The Centaurus’ is nearing completion and its developers are preparing to open shopping mall phase of the project by the end of this month.
A close friend of Kamran Lashari told this scribe that on his retirement, he would return to Lahore to settle where Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif wants him to work on ‘Walled City Project’ involving old Lahore city.