RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has begun re-alignment of the Rawalpindi Ring Road.

Prime Minister Imran Khan decided after learning of alleged changes in the alignment of the much-needed Rawalpindi Ring Road project, which raised the project’s cost by Rs25 billion and benefited some private housing societies.

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As the controversy surrounding the Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) project grows, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari (Zulfi Bukhari) resigned on Monday as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, and Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar said he would leave politics if corruption charges against him were proven.

After two separate fact-finding reports — one from Rawalpindi commissioner and the other from deputy commissioner and additional commissioner — the RRR case has been referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) for thorough investigations on the directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The provincial government, on the other hand, has begun work on a new road alignment.

While briefing the Punjab chief secretary on Tuesday, Commissioner Rawalpindi Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah said that work on the Rawalpindi Ring Road alignment had begun Punjab chief minister’s orders.

He said that the new alignment would be free of corruption. Alternative plans with cost estimates should be sent to the chief secretary as soon as possible so that the project can be completed within the same budget.

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