Forty per cent work on the Chandni Chowk flyover has been completed and the project is likely to be completed within the stipulated time, March 13, said a press release issued by the Rawalpindi administration on Monday.
Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed informed a meeting reviewing progress on the multi-million project that two pedestrian bridges will be built along the flyover to facilitate people in crossing the busy Benazir Bhutto Road, formely known Murree Road. One of the bridges will be exclusively linked to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) for the convenience of patients, while the second will be installed at Rehmanabad Chowk.
He said that two petrol stations adjacent to the BBH will be cleared by January 12, as part of measures to remove impediments for construction of the flyover. Additionally, reconstruction of a traffic police post on Chandani Chowk would be initiated after its design is approved by the flyover committee.
The commissioner directed the contractor to ensure that both sides of the road adjacent to the flyover are levelled for the smooth flow of traffic, as well as to avoid any sort of inconvenience for commuters and shop owners.
Water and Power Distribution Authority spokesperson informed the meeting that most of the electricity poles along the flyover have been relocated, while the rest will be shifted by January 18.
The commissioner also directed Rawalpindi Develop-ment Authority to re-erect a pedestrian bridge at Gulshan Daden Khan, on BB Road, which was removed earlier.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2012.