P&D Punjab approves Lai Expressway, Ring Road projects

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The Planning and Development (P&D) Board, Punjab has given administrative approval for two mega projects of Lai Expressway and Rawalpindi Ring Road.

After the approval given late Wednesday, the construction work on both the projects would start soon and all-out efforts would be made to complete them within the shortest possible time, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Spokesman Hafiz Muhammad Irfan told APP Thursday.

He said the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) had already approved the mega Nullah Lai Expressway and Flood Channel project.

The Revenue Department and the Land Directorate of the Rawalpindi Development Authority, the spokesman said, were also working on the project, which would be completed under public-private partnership.

Outlines of the plan to start the work were being worked out, he said, adding the land acquisition process for the project at the cost of Rs 24,960.70 million had almost been completed.

He said senior officers of RDA worked day and night to complete PC-I to acquire land for Leh Expressway, which had been cleared by the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP), the Planning Commission, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and ECNEC.

He said in the next phase, tendering process would be completed after which the construction work on both the projects would be kicked off.

He said the Nullah Lai Expressway would help control flash flooding during heavy rains in the city, particularly in low-lying areas, besides resolving the traffic congestion problem on the roads including Murree Road.

The city environment would also be improved after the project’s completion, the spokesman said.

The Nullah Lai Expressway project would cost Rs 100 billion, he added.

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