ISLAMABAD: Construction work of 25.6 kilometre Peshawar Mor-New Islamabad Airport Metro Bus Service is going smoothly and the National Highway Authority (NHA) is confident that the project would be completed by end of December this year.
National Highway Authority (NHA) spokesman Kashif Zaman told the media on Wednesday that the project director Islamabad Metro Bus Project has expressed confidence that the project would be completed by end of the next month.
He said that all the structures including the under passes have been completed including the main underpass at Golra Mor (G-13). He said that the underpass would likely to be open for traffic in the next two weeks.
“Asphalt work on all the four packages is also in progress simultaneously.,” said the NHA official. To ensure timely completion of the Rs 15 billion project It has been divided in four packages including Package I from Peshawar Mor to NUST, Package II from NUST to GT Road, Package III from G T Road to Motorway Interchange and Package IV from Motorway Interchange to New airport.
The length of package-I is 8km, length of package- II is 3.8km,length of package-III is 8.3km while package-IV has 5.5 km length,he said.
Giving break-up of the package-wise expenditure of the project,he said the cost of the four packages would be Rs6.58 billion, Rs5.5 billion, Rs1.38 billion and Rs1.63 billion respectively.
To a query the NHA spokesman said that work on Packages-IV had started in June last year, on Package-III in March this year and work on Packages I and II started in April 2017.
The project will have 9 bus stations including NHA Station, G-10 Station, NUST Station, G-1 Station, G T Road Station,Badana KalanStation, Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway and Islamabad-Lahore Motorway Junction Station and Airport Station. The project will have 12 bridges, 26 culverts, and 11 underpasses.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2017.