RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi is to get two flyovers and an underpass in the next three months. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will lay the foundation stone of a flyover on Benazir Bhutto Road (formerly Murree Road) next month. This was decided a meeting held at Punjab House in Islamabad on Saturday with the chief minister in the chair.
Rawalpindi Division commissioner and other officials and consultants gave a detailed briefing to the chief minister regarding other development projects. The chief minister directed the officials to complete the flyover at Chandni Chowk in three-and-half months and the underpass at Chor Chowk in three months.
The Rs830 million flyover will be built at Rawal Chowk and Chandni Chowk. The Rs520 million underpass will also be built at Chor Chowk on Peshawar Road. Work on which will also start next month. Under the second phase, another flyover would be constructed at Sixth Road Chowk on BB Road so that the road from Benazir Bhutto Hospital to Faizabad becomes signal-free. While the main road itself will be “upgraded” from Naz Cinema to Fifth Road Chowk.
The chief minister reminded the participants of the meeting to keep in mind the environmental impact of these projects.
He directed the authorities to take concrete steps for the solution of traffic problems in Rawalpindi city and address difficulties being faced by the citizens.
The chief minister said that no compromise would be made on the quality of construction of development projects.
Sharif issued directives to the authorities concerned for speedy completion of the projects being executed under the annual development plan (ADP), city package.
Chief minister Sharif was informed that with the construction of flyovers on BB Road and underpass on Chor Chowk, traffic problems on the most important roads of Rawalpindi city and Cantonment would be resolved for the next 20 years.
Different development projects worth Rs2 billion for all the four districts of Rawalpindi division under a city package were also approved in the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2011.