Islamabad: According to news reports, two new interchange projects are in the works in Islamabad, and a technical committee has recommended that the civic agency accept a bid for the construction of a flyover in Sihala that it received last month.

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Meanwhile, the CDA’s Development Working Party will resume work on the two new interchanges at Shaheen Chowk on Ninth Avenue and E-11 Chowk on Khayaban-i-Iqbal/Margalla Road, which has been rescheduled to meet on Wednesday (tomorrow).

The Shaheen Chowk renovation is expected to cost Rs1.47 billion, while the E-11 Chowk project would cost Rs1.42 billion.

The two projects, according to CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, will provide respite to motorists on Khayaban-i-Iqbal/Margalla Road and Ninth Avenue once completed.

He added that the CDA would also appoint a traffic management consultant to improve vehicle mobility and safety at various sites.

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The CDA opened financial proposals for the Sihala flyover on Kahuta Road last month, and the lowest price was 16 percent higher than the expected cost.

The topic was brought before a technical committee, which suggested to CDA management that it be approved, citing recent increases in steel and other construction material pricing as justification.

The CDA, on the other hand, has yet to issue a letter of commencement.

The CDA received bids that were lower than expected for all three active projects: the P.W.D underpass, Korang bridge, and Rawal Dam junction.

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According to another CDA officer, the matter of the high bid was brought before a five-member technical committee, which recommended that it be accepted.

The CDA was also advised by a consultant to accept the bid. He said that the high bid was due to an increase in steel and cement prices.

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