Rawalpindi: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the provincial government to begin work on the Rs. 55 billion Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project by the end of December as part of a public-private partnership.

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Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has been named project director, and he will shortly establish a Project Management Unit to oversee the project’s homework, according to him.

A survey for land acquisition has been completed, and the commissioner will begin work on acquiring the land soon, he said, adding that the project was urgently needed to provide an alternate route for travellers between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, as well as a permanent solution to flooding in the area during the monsoon.

The Punjab government, on the other hand, wants to launch the Urban Regeneration Project to upgrade infrastructure along the proposed Leh Expressway and include the project in the Annual Development Programme, according to a senior official (ADP).

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The whole length of the Leh Nullah Expressway will be 16.5 kilometres. There are 1,604 dwellings on the proposed expressway’s right of way, and 1,279 kanals will be acquired, including 1,035.9 kanals of private land, 132.4 kanals owned by Military Engineering and Works, 54.72 kanals owned by Chaklala Cantonment Board, and 56 kanals owned by Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.

During the tenure of former commissioner Mohammad Mehmood, who is currently detained by the Anti-Corruption Establishment in the Rawalpindi Ring Road scam case, the survey for land acquisition was finished in early 2021.

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