After eight years, the ‘Islamabad Eye’ project is still not in sight. The plans to add a Ferris wheel and make Lake View Park bigger have been put on hold.
Since 2014, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has said that a Ferris wheel would be put in the park, but it hasn’t done anything to make that happen yet.
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A few months ago, the proposed project was shown to the CDA’s Development Working Group (DWP), which told the city agency to hire a consultant to test the soil before moving forward.
Irfan Niazi, who is in charge of the environment, said that the CDA will hire the consultant soon. He said that the proposed Rs1.6 billion project was shown to the DWP a few months ago, and the DWP told him to hire a consultant to test the soil. He said, “Now we’re going to hire the consultant.”
CDA had said that Lake View Park would grow and that a Ferris wheel would be put there in 2014.
Last year, the CDA said that the Ferris wheel, which would be called the “Islamabad Eye,” would be 180 feet tall and give people a view of the city.
Last year, the CDA said, “It will be like the London Eye.” The London Eye is one of the best places to look out over the south bank of the River Thames. It is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist destinations.
In 2014 and 2015, the CDA said that a Ferris wheel would be put in F-9 Park. Later, the city government said that it would be put in Malpur. But it couldn’t turn the announcement into something real.
In addition to the Ferris wheel, the CDA said last year that it was going to build a new park in the national park area near Bhara Kahu. The CDA said that, among other things, the park will have a separate area for women and children.
It would also have a walking track, places for kids to play, exercise equipment, an area for water sports, a mini-golf course, and a forest.
Officials from the CDA said that the park would be built on about 350 acres of forest number 8.
They said that the CDA owned more than 350 acres of forest land from the Shahpur road stop to Bhara Kahu on the Murree side before Bhara Kahu began. They said that the park would be built in this area.
The DG of the environment said that the Bhara Kahu park project and the Ferris wheel project were both shown to the DWP at the same time. The DWP told the DG environment to hire consultants to test the soil for both projects.
“It’s not fair to say that we’ve put both projects on hold. “Instead, in a week we will call for bids to hire the consultant,” he said. He also said that after the consultants give their reports, the CDA will call for bids to start building on both projects.
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