The recent rains that battered the twin cities also left their mark on two sections of the newly constructed Zero Point Interchange and a service road near Sector G-9/2.
The section the interchange passing through Kashmir Highway, along with a loop connecting it with Islamabad Highway, have been badly affected.
An official of Capital Development Authority’s Engineering Wing told The Express Tribune that on August 12 and 13, the total rainfall in the area where the interchange is located received over 100mm of rain and since August 1, the Met office recorded 547mm of rain in the area.
The official said that as the interchange is a recent construction, its embankments oversaturated due to the high amount of rainfall, which in turn caused the cracks .
“New constructions, especially bridges, take a relatively long time to adjust. Zero Point Interchange is not the sole structure in Islamabad where cracks have appeared owing to adverse weather conditions,” he said.
He informed that the defect liability period of the firm that constructed the Rs4.2 billion interchange is still valid.
“It will not impact us financially as the contractor has already been asked to repair the damaged portion.”
The official negated the impression that the cracks may lead to the closure of the entire interchange.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2013.
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