Islamabad: According to news reports, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) plans to construct two additional interchanges throughout the city to relieve traffic congestion. The interchanges are being planned for Shaheen Chowk on Ninth Avenue and E-11 Chowk on Khayaban-e-Iqbal/Margalla Road, and the issue will be discussed at the CDA Development Working Party (DWP) meeting on June 30.

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The rehabilitation of Shaheen Chowk will cost PKR 1.47 billion, while the E-11 Chowk project will cost PKR 1.42 billion. The projects will be launched in the next months, according to authorities, and bids will be solicited soon. The authority has also enlisted the help of specialists to identify traffic flow and bottleneck spots throughout the city to better plan for future improvements.

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In other news, the CDA’s technical committee constituted to assess bid-related topics has recommended that the plan for the construction of a flyover at Sihala be approved. Last month, the regulators invited bids for the project, and the lowest price was 16% higher than the planned budget. Due to higher steel pricing in foreign markets, the proposal was forwarded to a five-member technical committee, who, after dialogue and discussion, recommended that CDA approve the proposal.

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In a related event, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed has ordered that the Rawal Dam flyover and underpass be finished by October 2021, rather than December 2022, as originally planned. The construction of the flyover and underpass would help to alleviate traffic congestion in Islamabad and surrounding areas.

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