Rawalpindi: Since two months, the Punjab government has not authorised the Rawalpindi Ring Road project’s project concept (PC) 1. On June 29, the Rawalpindi government submitted the PC-1 of the new Ring Road project to the Punjab government for final clearance. As a result, the already delayed project has come to a halt. In August, a deadline for commencing work on the project was set.
Following the emergence of the corruption scandal, a senior official with the Ring Road Project Management Unit (PMU) told The Express Tribune that the Punjab government had instructed all agencies involved, including the Rawalpindi Development Authority, to halt construction on the project.
Gulzar Hussain Shah, the current Rawalpindi Commissioner, had recommended a new Ring Road be built on the alignment authorised by the previous administration.
On June 29, the PMU produced PC 1 for it and submitted it to the government for approval. The new Ring Road, which will run from Rawat GT Road Banth Morr to the highway, will be built under PC-1 and will be 38 kilometres long.
The Rawalpindi administration hoped that the Punjab government would approve the PC 1 in two weeks, and that construction on the project would begin in August, according to the official.