Eighty per cent work on two bridges, one in Jalalpur Pirwala and another in Head Mohammad Wala, is complete, media coordinator to the prime minister, Khwaja Rizwan Alam, said on Thursday.
He said work on eight flyovers in the city was underway. Some of them would be opened for traffic as early as in July this year, he added.
He said the two bridges were part of the South Punjab development package. He said other communication infrastructures identified in the package included Multan-Khanewal section of the M4 motorway.
He said the package was a testament to the government’s commitment to the development of southern districts of the Punjab.
He said Musa Pak Shaheed bridge in Jalalpur Pirwala and Head Mohammad Wala bridge over River Chenab would decrease the travelling time between Multan and neighbouring districts. He said the projects would benefit the business community as goods could then be transported between these districts in less time.
He said once the Head Mohammad Wala bridge was complete, road traffic from Multan to Layyah, Chowk Azam and Jhang would no longer need to pass through Muzaffargarh.
He said the bridge would cost Rs 2,376 million.
He said the Musa Pak Shaheed bridge would reduce the distance between Multan and Karachi by around 100 kms.
Alam said the eight flyovers were under construction in Multan were a part of the Inner Ring Road project. He said the inner ring road project would divide the city into three segments. He said a two-level flyover was under construction over the Jinnah Chowk.
He said the flyover would soon become the most prominent landmark of the city. He said it would facilitate traffic moving to or out of the city as well as help reduce travelling time between places in the city. He said the level-one flyover was complete and work on the level-two flyover was underway. The flyovers would be opened for traffic in July this year, he said.
Chungi No 9, Pul Mauj Darya, Nishtar flyovers have so far been constructed and opened for traffic in Multan. Almost 70 per cent work on Double Phatak fly-over, 80 per cent on Chungi No 8 flyover was complete, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2011.