CDA plans to revamp its planning wing in Islamabad. The plan has been appreciated as to revamp, and revitalize its planning wing would induct qualified technical experts and town planners with incentive oriented packages for better service delivery. Planning wing is back bone of CDA but lately has remained understaffed and has faced performance challenges. Realizing the importance of matter, the incumbent management of the authority had decided to introduce reforms in the planning wing. A comprehensive plan has been formulated to strengthen the planning wing of the authority to improve service delivery. The proposed reform and revamp plan mandates creation of a pyramid in planning wing of CDA. It was a top heavy, where multiple officers were present at senior levels while at operational levels there was an acute shortage. The proposed plan suggests reduction in redundant directorates and expansion at levels of town planners and technical experts. The proposal also envisages focus on building control and enforcement.
There is recommendation to have three sections of building control which would have a set up that would streamline disposal of pending applications. Similarly, there would be a directorate of monitoring and evaluation also which would perform the role of enforcement. The proposal also includes incentive oriented salaries for planning staff to encourage qualified technical experts to work for CDA. Additional salary coupled with a more decentralized working environment where planning wing will be taking care of its own financial and HR matters. A detailed plan with posts has been prepared and financial impacts have also been calculated. It is expected that reform in planning wing along with incentive oriented pay package, better HR and redesigning the hierarchical setup under better service delivery oriented regulations will provide relief to citizens of Islamabad. Deliberation on these reforms have been going on for the last few weeks