CDA to construct Korang Bridge, underpass at PWD to resolve traffic issues

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Staff Reporter

Capital Development Authority has decided to construct Korang Bridge and underpass at PWD under Islamabad Expressway Signal free corridor from its own resources.
The project is approved under PSDP, however, this year funds had not been allocated. In this context the authority in its meeting on Tuesday decided to allocate 1.5 billion from the surplus it has created in its account for the betterment of the city.
It is pertinent to mention that CDA despite its extensive commitments to development including responsibilities of footing salary bill of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) staff has created considerable surplus, a portion of which will be used to complete the highway project.
The bridge and the underpass would be constructed by CDA’s own resources at Islamabad Expressway Signal Free Corridor, to minimize traffic issues on the main avenue.
In order to cater increasing traffic burden and population in the adjoining areas construction of remaining portion of Signal Free Corridor has become need of the hour. However under PSDP programme next year Federal Government would be requested for allocation of funds in this regard.
It was discussed during a visit by Chairman CDA and IG Islamabad that rather than short term measures like protected u turns, for the convenience of public and commuters will not suffice and need is for initiation of full project. Consequently instructions have been issued that letter may be written to Finance and planning department for permission to start the project with own resources. It is expected that a reply in this regard will be revived by end of week and tenders should be issued next week for development work.

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