Islamabad: As per the latest news, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has reversed its decision to hand over the 10th Avenue project to the Ministry of Defense and will now carry it out independently.
The CDA board agreed last month to refer three road projects – Margalla Avenue, I.J.P. Road (expansion and overhauling), and 10th Avenue – to the federal cabinet for a decision on their implementation by the Ministry of Defense under the engineering procurement construction mode.
However, according to reports, the CDA has now agreed to carry out the 10th Avenue project on its own.
The CDA board of directors confirmed at their meeting last month that these mega projects needed to be completed quickly.
The board claimed that portions of the alignment of these roads include strategic defense communication facilities and installations.
As a result, the board agreed that these programs should be assigned to the defense ministry.
The Ministry of Defence has two construction companies that specialize in road projects: the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and the National Logistics Cell (NLC).
The nine-kilometer-long 9th Avenue will begin near the Khayaban stop on I.J. Principal Road and end at the Khayaban-i-Iqbal intersection (commonly known as Margalla Road).
The project is expected to be funded by the federal government, which has already set aside Rs1 billion for the project under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2020-21.
According to CDA officials, ACE-BOTK submitted a bid of Rs170 million, Nespak a bid of Rs135 million, and Zeeruk a bid of Rs98 million for consultancy.
According to officials, once completed, 10th Avenue would not only help to relieve traffic congestion on I.J.P. Road and Ninth Avenue, but will also provide an alternate route for residents of I-10, I-11, and surrounding Rawalpindi areas to enter Islamabad.
The CDA is also considering building an interchange on Srinagar Highway, which is part of the main project, before the roadwork begins, according to officials.
According to officials, the government has set aside Rs1 billion for the current fiscal year, and the CDA decided to prevent the fund lapse.