Lahore: According to report published on September 5, Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar has yet to approve the much-hyped reconstructing Maulana Shaukat Ali Road project of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).

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CM Buzdar was briefed on the massive remodelling project by LDA Director General Ahmed Aziz Tarar in June, however the proposal has yet to receive permission. According to the information, the LDA suggested a plan to turn one of the key thoroughfares, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, into a 15-kilometer long signal-free corridor to manage traffic flow. The cost of the project was expected to be PKR 7 billion.

The project’s goal was to connect two arteries: Ferozepur Road and Multan Road, it was revealed. Furthermore, the road will be remodelled from the Kharak Stop on Multan Road to the Karim Block Market roundabout, where it will curve towards Punjab University. A flyover or an underpass would be built at the signal of Karim Block’s market, Wahdat Road intersection, according to the suggested design.

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Half of the overhead bridges will feature ramps to allow vehicles and bicycles to cross the road. During a press conference, a senior LDA official said that the signal-free corridor will reduce travel time from one and a half hours to 10 to 15 minutes. Additionally, the cost of gasoline for motorists will be lowered, while traffic flow would be improved. The government may accept the remodelling project in the next days, according to LDA Chief Engineer Mazhar Khan.

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