Rawalpindi: According to news reports, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) declared on Monday (November 15) that the Leh Expressway project has been submitted to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) board for final approval. Following the board’s approval, a tender will be released.
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah and RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza presided over the 57th RDA governing body meeting, which made the decision. National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) advised conference participants that the final plan to be given to the PPP board asks for narrowing the Leh Expressway from 35-50 metres to 25-35 metres, lowering the project’s land requirement.
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and the Punjab Planning and Development Board recently authorised the Leh Expressway project, which has been in the works for 16 years (P&D). Construction of roadways on both sides of the Nullah Leh, as well as the deepening of the flood channel to better withstand monsoon floods, are part of the PKR 25 billion project.