ISLAMABAD-The federal government instead of allowing Capital Development Authority (CDA) to start widening of Islamabad Expressway with its own resources is insisting to complete the project on public-private partnership mode but at almost four times higher cost.
The original cost of said project was around Rs 10 billion, however, the government wants to complete it with Rs 45 billion on public-private partnership mode. The Planning Commission of Pakistan has included expansion of Islamabad Expressway in Public Sector Development Programme Plus (PSDP-PLUS) with an estimated cost of Rs 45 billion.
The federal government wants to lease out the right of the way of Islamabad Expressway to generate funding to make this project viable. However, the city managers are reluctant to complete this project on public-private partnership mode as they are of the view that the completion of project on such a high cost is not viable option and it should be completed with government funding.