ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and a representative from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have reached a preliminary agreement for the construction of a cricket stadium in Islamabad.
According to sources, PCB management committee member Shakil Shaikh visited the CDA headquarters and held a meeting with Chairman Noorul Amin Mengal. Both parties have agreed in principle to build the cricket stadium near D-12 in the foothills of Margallas.
During the meeting, the CDA chief informed the PCB representative that 25 acres of land have been allocated for the construction of the stadium.
Furthermore, it was also decided that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be prepared and signed by both parties shortly.
An official from the CDA stated that while the PCB will oversee the construction of the stadium, the CDA will provide the land.
As part of the agreement, both parties will share the stadium’s revenue. Although the specific terms and conditions will be outlined in the MoU, the CDA is considering a revenue share of 30%, while the PCB will receive 70%.
Chairman CDA confirmed that the meeting with the PCB official was preliminary and that another meeting will be scheduled to finalize the details and sign the MoU.
When asked about the location, the CDA chairman stated that the allocated land is free from encumbrances and situated in an ideal location in the foothills of Margallas.
He emphasized that the stadium will enhance the beauty of Islamabad once it is constructed.
Regarding the zoning of the land, the CDA chairman clarified that even if it falls within Zone III, there are no restrictions on constructing sports facilities there.
He cited the ICT Zoning Regulations 1992, which permit the establishment of recreational facilities, including sports stadiums, in the zone.
It is worth mentioning that the CDA and PCB had previously initiated a stadium project in Shakarparian, but it was later scrapped by the Supreme Court.
In 1960, a Greek firm had prepared Islamabad’s master plan, designating 2,250 acres in Shakarparian as a sports center.
However, in 1979, the government included the area in the national park and Zone III, prohibiting further development.
Despite this, unregulated construction has taken place in the area due to the absence of amendments to the 1979 notification.