Koral Interchange: Aziz approves landscaping plan

Directs construction, landscaping to take place simultaneously


Our Correspondent January 20, 2017
PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Mayor and Capital Development Authority Chairman Sheikh Anser Aziz Friday approved a plan for landscaping of the Koral Interchange Project.

While inspecting the work on the Koral Interchange, Mayor Aziz directed that landscaping and development work on the interchange should progress simultaneously so that both are completed at the same time.

While implementing the landscaping plan, he directed that they should consider that indigenous plants should be planted so that they can withstand the extreme local weather changes. He said that dwarf trees should be preferred to taller trees so as not to block the vision of the interchange.

Aziz further directed the CDA environment wing to fully cooperate with the Koral Interchange project director and provide the required technical assistance in implementing the landscaping plan.

Mayor also directed the electrical and mechanical division to start installation of street lights at the site.

He directed E&M Wing to maintain symmetry while installing street lights.

Project Director Mumtaz Hussain briefed Aziz about progress of development work. Hussain said that contract of project was awarded in May, 2016 and is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs1.7 billion.

Moreover, 64 girders of the flyover had been completed, while of the six roofs, four had been completed. Construction on all the three underpasses, which were to be constructed under this project, had been completed.

He was also informed that asphalt base of 1.918 meters-long service road east and west had been completed, in addition to the 18 culverts.

He was informed that construction of service road west and east and two loops east and west are also part of this project.

He was further briefed that the expressway would also be widened by two lanes on each side to seven lanes.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2017.

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