Pindi administration to propose diversion of loan for Ring Road to Leh Expressway

RAWALPINDI: The working on a proposal to divert the $400 million loan granted for the Ring Road project to the Leh Expressway is underway by the divisional administration announced Commissioner Capt (R) Mohammad Mehmood after a meeting held to review progress on mega development projects in Rawalpindi.

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The decision came after many investors showed interest in constructing the Ring Road on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, the meeting was informed.

Prior to this, a consultant had been hired to conduct a study and prepare a feasibility report within a month for the Ring Road project to be built on a BOT basis to be presented to the provincial government.

In accordance to the proposed report, Rawalpindi’s Ring Road has a point of origination at Channi Sher Alam Bridge on the G.T. Road near Rawat and reached a termination point at the Thalian Interchange on the M-2 motorway between Rawalpindi and Lahore near the Islamabad International Airport.

He said a complete design would likely be completed by the end of March and work would be started soon as the administration has been directed to initiate the land acquisition work.

In addition, instructions to launch surveying of traffic on Airport Road and the District Courts Square have been given to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to determine whether a flyover or an underpass would be an apt choice on Ammar Chowk.

RDA’s traffic engineering and urban planning departments will begin the survey next week.

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