The decision by Capital Development Authority (CDA) to demolish at least a dozen unofficial slum neighborhoods in Islamabad starting from the last week of March has been meet up with protest outside its offices.
Islamabad’s full unofficial neighborhoods have been long painstaking blemish on the ‘planned’ city’s master sketch. In 1960, when Islamabad was conceived by Greek architect Constantinos Doxiadis, it was envisioned as a city without the poor. The city’s elite planned to keep it that manner.
150,000 of Islamabad’s population of 500,000 live in these unofficial settlements. Slum inhabitant of Islamabad live under poverty line, they do not have basic necessities of life like health, education, sanitation and shelter. Most of the inhabitants in these colonies in Islamabad suburbs are Christians, who migrated to the capital from different parts of the country in search of jobs. They have been settled here for three decades. They live in houses made of mud and clay, some of them are mixture of bricks and mud, and only 10 percent of them lives in houses made of cement and bricks.