ISLAMABAD-The Capital Development Authority decided to initiate the construction of Korang Bridge and an underpass at PWD as part of the Islamabad Expressway Signal Free Corridor from its own resources. (CDA to construct Korang Bridge, PWD underpass)
The signal-free corridor project was a brainchild of the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and it was divided into two portions, from Zero Point to Koral and Koral to Rawat.
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The first portion has already been completed with the construction of 4 interchanges at I-8, Sohan, Khanna, and Koral.
But the second portion leading towards Rawat is facing delays due to lack of funding. As earlier the civic body declined to fund it. While the project did not get the required funds in PSDP for the year 2019-20 as well.
The previous government had allocated Rs7 billion in Public Sector Development Programme 2018-19 for the project.
However, it was the incumbent government, which excluded the project while revising the PSDP.
The said portion of Islamabad Expressway is a picture of neglect and poor performance of government due to its dilapidated condition. Potholes and craters have turned the road into a permanent nuisance for commuters while daily traffic congestion is mental torture for routine travelers.
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However, the high ups of the city during a visit to the Islamabad Expressway on Tuesday. They decided to start the project through CDA’s own resources. An amount of Rs1.5 billion allocated from the surplus funds. CDA generate these funds for the betterment of the city.
According to an approved plan, in the second phase, the highway expansion plan is from Koral to Naval Anchorage. A 5-kilometer stretch is in the first package. while the 7 kilometers distance from Naval Anchorage to GT Road in Rawat is in the second package.
Decision: (CDA to construct Korang Bridge, PWD underpass)
It is decided that 4 lanes from Koral Interchange to GT Road are increasing up to 8 lanes. It is by adding two rigid lanes and rehabilitating the flexible lanes. Three bridges – at Korang, Bhinder and the Railway stop – were also a part of the approved project in addition to the service roads.
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After facing a cold response from the federal government, CDA has decided to introduce interim remedies. To ensure a smooth flow of traffic on the said portion of expressway.
However, Chairman CDA, and IG Islamabad discussed during the visit. Rather than short-term measures like protected u-turns, the full project should be launched. Consequently, the officials issued the instruction. Similarly, the CDA has written a letter to the Finance department.
Chief Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ali Ahmed while talking to the media has informed. “We are going to seek a go-ahead from concerned ministries to execute this project.”
The issuance of tenders is in the next week for development work”.
A press release issued by CDA has elaborated. Further that in order to cater to increasing traffic burden. And the population in the adjoining area’s construction of the remaining portion of Signal Free Corridor is the need of the hour.
However, under the PSDP program, the CDA will request the Federal Govt in the regard.