ISLAMABAD: Ali Nawaz Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on the Capital Development Authority (CDA), directed the civic agency on Thursday to complete both ongoing road projects in Islamabad Expressway to provide relief to people.
The SAPM was briefed on the two projects by CDA Member Engineering Sayed Munawar Shah, Director (Road) Tahir Mahmood, and other officers. He was told that work on both projects is underway and that the P.W.D underpass, which costs Rs438 million, will be finished by June 30, the project’s deadline. About 40% of the work on the underpass has already been done, according to CDA officials.
CDA utility lines are being relocated from the Korang Bridge project’s site, which is worth Rs658 million, and the process is expected to be completed by April 15, they said, adding that 20 percent of the project’s work has been completed.
The project is expected to be finished by December 31. The SAPM instructed CDA to finish both tasks ahead of schedule. He also instructed utility service providers to complete moving lines away from project sites as quickly as possible.
On the expressway, traffic congestion is a common occurrence, especially between Koral Chowk and G.T. Road. Officials with the CDA assume that once these programs are finished, the problem will be resolved.
They added that once the projects are completed, the civic agency would look into options for widening the expressway from Koral to G.T. Road. According to one of the officers, there is no funding problem, but the CDA is delaying road widening to prevent traffic congestion. However, he mentioned that this project would begin at a later date.
The SAPM had previously inaugurated the restoration of 2 million gallons per day (mgd) of water from Rawal Dam for Islamabad on Thursday. “We are working hard on various fronts to resolve the problem of water scarcity,” he said. Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Growth, has done a lot for the federal capital, and we should thank him for it.”