Islamabad: The civic agency has chosen to build two interchanges on Khayaban-i-Iqbal to deal with the current and future traffic congestion after the completion of the segment of Margalla Road.
The engineering wing of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) will construct the two interchanges at E-11 Chowk and Shaheen Chowk, as the CDA board will discuss the approval of the consultant firm for these interchanges at its meeting on Thursday.
Khayaban-i-Iqbal, also known as Margalla Road, is one of Islamabad’s main thoroughfares. Every day, traffic congestion around Shaheen Chowk is caused by educational institutions and government offices. According to CDA officials, when a section of the (original) Margalla Route from G.T. Road to Sangjani is completed, the road will see more traffic.
They claimed that the CDA’s Development Working Party had previously authorised PC-I of both projects in June, and that after engaging the consultant, the civic agency will call for tenders to begin work on the interchanges.
Prime Minister Imran Khan broke ground on the Margalla Avenue project in April of this year. The prime minister had stated that with the development of the road at Bhara Kahu, the traffic load on Murree Road would be reduced because it would function as a bypass.
Frontier Works Organisation was awarded the construction contract (FWO). The project was divided into three phases by the CDA. A segment of the road will be developed in the first phase from G.T. Road to Sangjani, followed by the Bhara Kahu bypass in the second phase, and finally the third phase from Sangjani to Constitution Avenue in the future. The first section is still being worked on.