Lahore Ring Road Expansion Gets Approval From CM Punjab
Lahore Ring Road is the major backbone of Lahore and helps in reducing travel duration and traffic congestion in the city. With growing traffic in the city, it was advised to expand the Ring Road further in order to complete it as soon as possible. The new (southern) loop of the Ring Road will connect Raiwind Road with Multan Road. This connection will further reduce travel time and traffic congestion. The area also has many industrial units in the vicinity and the Ring Road will accommodate heavy traffic by providing an alternative route.
The approval for the third southern loop of the Ring Road was given in the meeting between the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, and Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA). This meeting also had Commissioner Lahore, Chief Secretary Punjab and Chairman of Planning and Development. This expansion will be 8 km in length and will be of six lanes. It will be a wide road that can take a significant amount of traffic load. This expansion will be completed by virtue of a public-private sector partnership. An agreement will also be signed in the second week of June between the National Logistic Cell (NLC) and LRRA. This expansion project is scheduled to be completed in a year. NLC will also be given the authority to operate the third loop in the future.
Furthermore, the Chief Minister of Punjab has also intimated authorities to complete the fourth loop of the southern leg of Lahore Ring Road. This loop will connect Multan Road to Motorway (M3). The Ring Road project will be completed once the fourth loop is built. The total stretch of the Ring Road will be 90 km. In big metropolitan areas, Ring Roads also facilitate traffic that does not intend to enter the urban areas and provide it with a bypass route. This also solves the traffic congestion problem.
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