The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board has granted approval for the establishment of an Information Technology (IT) park within the proposed Islamabad Ladies Club building in G-10. The building, which has remained vacant for over a decade, will undergo a transformation to align with modern needs and technological advancements.
IT Park in Islamabad Ladies Club
The decision was made during a CDA board meeting chaired by Chairman Anwarul Haq. The IT wing of the CDA presented a compelling pitch advocating the conversion of the unused Ladies Club building into an IT park, emphasizing the potential for economic growth and job creation in the technology sector.
The board not only approved the proposal but also directed the CDA to expedite the establishment of the F-9 Citizen Club and Gandhara Heritage and Culture Centre. These initiatives are expected to contribute significantly to the cultural and recreational landscape of the city.
In addition to the IT park approval, the CDA board made several other policy decisions during the meeting. This includes the hiring of consultants for land use planning and infrastructure design for the Kuri Enclave Housing projects and the development of the Kuri model village.
Furthermore, the CDA received instructions to seek approval for the Project Concept-I (PC-I) during the Departmental Working Party meeting. The aim is to implement dedicated cycling tracks on various roads throughout the city, promoting sustainable and eco-friendly modes of transportation.
The Islamabad Ladies Club building in G-10, whose construction began in 2007, had been left in a state of abandonment for years. The initial project, awarded at Rs182.8 million, faced suspension and subsequent redesign, resulting in additional costs. Despite significant investments and the building’s strategic location, it remained non-functional due to purported financial constraints.
CDA officials acknowledged the need for swift action, noting that millions had already been spent on construction, and the building itself occupies a plot of considerable value. The decision to repurpose the Ladies Club building reflects a commitment to responsible resource utilization and aligns with the evolving needs of the community. The move is expected to reinvigorate the space, promoting technological innovation and contributing to the city’s economic and cultural vitality.