No proposal under consideration for constructing paid car parking: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Tariq Fazal Chaudhary apprised the Senate that there was no proposal under

consideration for constructing paid car parking in the federal capital.

Replying to various questions during Question Hour, the minister said no feasibility study was conducted for construction of paid car parking.

He said there were some 21 companies which were collecting car parking charges. Capital Development Authority (CDA) charged Rs 7.7 million from Marriot Hotel and Rs.7.2 million from US Embassy under parking fee head.

To a supplementary question, the minister said Safa Gold Mall in F-7 was sealed despite severe pressure for violating the CDA’s laws.

To another questions, he said the government was going to establish the smart school titled ‘Establishment of Smart Schools in ICT.’

The project has been approved by CDWP forum at a capital cost of Rs 630.944 million, he said and added that authorization and administration approval has been issued.

He said the aim of the project is to change the culture and practices by moving away from memory-based learning designed for the average student to an education that stimulates thinking and understanding in students.

An amount of Rs 200.000 million has been allocated for the said project by the PSDP for the current Financial Year 2016-17, he added.

Tariq Fazal said Montessori classes were also started in over 70 schools for the first time and complete education and free books were being provided to the students in government education institutions till class 10.

He said summary has also been sent to the prime minister for provision of milk and biscuits to the students upto class 5 while school bag and uniform from class 6 to 10.