The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has completed service lane road along the construction site of Chaubucha Phatak Underpass Project, which would serve as alternate road for main traffic, during the construction of the Underpass.
Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Habib Rafique construction company Project Manager, Kazim Nawaz said that service lane along the underpass had been completed, and now main work on the construction work would be carried out after getting a ‘Bridge Design Report’ from Pakistan Railways. “This report is likely to be received soon,” he added.
Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Chief Engineer Israr Saeed told media persons the work on widening of the Canal Bank Road was in progress with a fast pace, which would be completed at a cost of Rs 7.391 billion.
Israr Saeed said that two underpasses at Chaubucha level crossings and realignment of underpass on Jail Road were being executed under this project.
Besides allocating a width of 12-feet for four wheeler motors, a dedicated passage for motorcycles will be earmarked on the remaining six-feet of the new lane, he added.
“An 18-feet wide additional lane will be added to the existing road on both sides of the canal under Lahore Canal Widening project,” he added.
The Canal Bank Road widening was planned in two phases – from Doctor’s Hospital to Thokar Niaz Baig and from Dharampura to Harbanspura – as both the sections of the road were under immense pressure of traffic flow, he said.
Israr Saeed said that the realignment of Jail Road underpass, construction of Chaubucha underpass with a length of 1.3km, 14 U-turn bridges and remodelling of underpasses, highway lighting consisting of LED lights, storm-water/chutes, walkways and allied works were part of the project.
To a question, he said the project had already faced a legal fight but finally the LDA had managed to cross all hurdles to kick-start the project, which was pending since August 2015.
A spokesman of LDA said that construction/widening of the road by six metres, including provision of service roads for stretches from Thokar Niaz Baig to Doctor’s Hospital for the length of 3.2km and from The Mall to Harbanspura Interchange, had been included in the two-phased project.
Commenting of the impacts of the ongoing development project on environment, Naseemur Rehman, a senior official of the Environment Protection Department (EPD) Punjab, said that the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) would plant 5,000 trees against 1,300 chopped off trees on both sides of the Canal Bank Road.
To a question, Naseem said that turning busy roads into signal-free corridors was another immediate and effective solution to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic, and added that Ferozepur Road, Kalma Chowk Interchange and Jail Road were successful examples of this conversion.
He claimed that the level of air pollution had decreased on Ferozepur Road and Jail Road after they were made signal-free.
It is pertinent to mention here that Estate Management Directorate-II of LDA has recently retrieved seven plots worth millions during the operation against land grabbers in different blocks of Gujjarpura.