Hindu temple: CDA allows construction of boundary wall
CDA allows construction build boundary of Hindu temple
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP): After the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) cleared the way for the construction of a temple, a crematorium and a community hall in Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has issued permission to erect the boundary wall at a plot allotted for the construction of the temple.
On June 24, 2020, the foundation for a Hindu temple was laid in Islamabad, the first in the capital and the first to be built in Pakistan following the 1947 partition.
A controversy had erupted when Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the government to provide about $1.3 million for the construction of the temple. Several clerics had protested that no Hindu temple should be built in Islamabad, for “Pakistan being a Muslim-majority country”.
A large number of denizens had also denounced the government’s decision of constructing the temple through their tax-payer’s money.
After mounting pressure, the CDA and the government had backtracked from its decision and sent the matter to the Council of Islamic Ideology seeking its opinion whether or not the temple could be constructed in Islamabad.
Ending the months-long controversy on October 28, the top Islamic body allowed the construction of the Hindu temple in the capital. However, the CII has raised a key objection to the use of public funds for the construction of the temple.
Following the CII ruling, the capital’s civic agency on Monday allowed the construction of a boundary wall on the plot allotted to the Shri Krishna Mandir in Islamabad’s H/9 sector.
“Permission to construct the bound, wall around ‘temple, Community Centre and Cremation ground for Hindu Community in Sector 11-9/2 Islamabad is hereby accorded in accordance with clause 4.1.1 of Islamabad Capital Territory Building Control Regulations 2020 ensuring that height of this bound, wall shall not exceed 7′-0″,” read a notification issued by the CDA on Monday.
The civic body added that “the boundary wall may either be a solid wall or up to one foot and it shall consist of solid masonry and the remaining portion may be of light material such as fence etc. The height of the enclosure shall not be less than 3’-0″ in any case”.