Rawalpindi: Punjab government has planned to redesign Defence Chowk and transform it into a signal-free corridor during the fiscal year 2021-22, with construction work anticipated to begin by the end of August or the beginning of September this year.

The project is expected to cost 300 million Pakistani rupees. The officials intend to finish the enlargement, refurbishment, and reconstruction of the Defence Chowk within a year of starting construction. Defence Chowk’s redevelopment will help relieve traffic congestion in Rawalpindi by providing a signal-free route for traffic travelling to and from the city to GT Road.

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The project has been included in the provincial Annual Development Programme for 2021-22, according to Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Revenue Adnan Chaudhary. Furthermore, he stated that monies had been set aside for the project. He praised the Punjab Chief Minister for approving and allocating cash to renovate Rawalpindi’s Defence Chowk.

National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) completed and handed the project’s design and feasibility report to the relevant authorities in November 2020. The Defense Chowk is used by 138,414 cars daily, resulting in increased traffic congestion. In January 2021, Rawalpindi Commissioner Captain (R) Muhammad Mehmood requested that the project’s PC-1 be presented to begin development work.

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