After a long wait, the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has finally given a green signal to the Rawalpindi Ring Road project, a key factor in the growth of the city.
According to the details, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) arranged a seminar in Gymkhana Club to share the proposal of Rawalpindi Ring Road project with the linked stakeholders, traders and business community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. While speaking on this occasion, the Chairman of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Tariq Mehmood Murtaza said that the project is very important for growth of the twin cities and gave credit to the PTI government for materializing the project after a long delay. He said that the construction of Ring Road will help in de-congesting the city that has been a serious issue for many years now. “Along this, signal-free route, special economic zones (SEZ’s) will be developed that will steer development and growth of the city in line with the modern town planning practices,” he said. During the address, the Chairman also heard concerns and suggestions from participants and ensured that the traders and businessmen will get primary benefits from this project.
According to the Chairman RDA, Prime Minister of Pakistan has directed the authority to complete arrangements for groundbreaking ceremony of the Rawalpindi Ring Road project after the monsoon season. “The foundation stone will be laid near Margalla Hills that is also one of the routes of the project,” Murtaza added. He expected to complete drawing and designing stage of the project within the month of June. “PM Imran Khan can lay the foundation stone of the project by August 2020,” the chairman said.
Originally, the project is a 38-km long, signal-free dual carriageway; however, the government aims to revise the project plan to a total length of 64 km. Nearly half of overall project would be part of Islamabad and estimated cost of the project is Rs.100 billion. The project will connect Pakistan Secretariat with the Grand Trunk Road at Sangjani Toll Plaza. It will also connect Bhara Kahu with Kallar Sayedan as well as provide an easy route to the vehicles entering Islamabad from Gilgit-Baltistan and Hazara Division. The ring road project will play a vital role in reducing pressure of heavy traffic on the main roads of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Henceforth, it will make life easier for commuters and reduce travel time from one end to the other without hassle for city traffic.
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