Published in Dawn, October 18th, 2021
RAWALPINDI: Punjab Planning and Development Board (PPDB) has given the green signal to start land acquisition for the revised project of Rawalpindi Ring Road and approved the PC-I worth Rs6.7 billion.
However, the district administration is yet to recover money from the landowners which it had paid to them for acquiring land on the old route of the Ring Road from Radio Pakistan to Murat and Sangjani.
Land worth Rs380 million had been acquired for the Ring Road project in Rawalpindi district, however, following reports of corruption the land acquisition was cancelled.
The scandal came to light when Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of allegations that the Punjab bureaucracy and some PTI politicians had planned an additional road which benefit some private housing societies and increased the actual cost of the project by Rs25 billion.
District admin yet to recover money paid to owners of land bought for cancelled route, official says
Former Divisional Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood remained in custody of the Anti-Corruption Establishment for two months and Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari resigned from the post of special assistant to the prime minister after the controversy.
In early August, Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah cancelled the land acquisition for the project. Under Section 48(1) of the Land Acquisition Act 1894, the amount paid to landowners for acquisition of land undertaken along the entire length of the illegally advertised alignment falling in Rawalpindi and Attock districts would be recovered.
“After the Rawalpindi Ring Road scandal, Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah canceled the project and its land acquisition in Rawalpindi and Attock. Work started to recover the money from those whose land was acquired for the project but it is not yet completed,” a senior official of the district administration told Dawn.
He said that the government had asked the administration to coordinate with Rawalpindi Development Authority to start the process of land acquisition as per the new approved route.
“As per the new route, the 38.3-km-long new route will start from Banth near Rawat and end at Thalian near the motorway. New price assessment will be made after imposing section 4 in the area to stop people from sale and purchase of land,” he said.
He said that the same project was made during the tenure of Nawaz Sharif led federal government in 2014. However, after coming to power, the PTI-led government in Punjab made a new project but stopped it after charges of corruption.
A senior official of RDA told Dawn that after the approval of the PC-I for land acquisition of Ring Road, work on land acquisition had been started.
“A meeting of all patwaris (land revenue officials) was held in RDA offices on Sunday and the Director Land asked them to submit the details of land to the RDA,” he said.
He said the Punjab government would provide funds for the project as it would be constructed under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). However, in the current fiscal year, no fund has been allocated for the project.
“The RDA is working on the PC-I which would be submitted to Punjab Development Working Party (PDWP) for consideration in the next meeting,” he said.
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The real estate market of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is abuzz with the investment potential in land along the upcoming Rawalpindi Ring Road. Many housing schemes are using this major development as their marketing too.
This is the most important development which is awaited by all land holders and investors. The inauguration was scheduled in last quarter of 2020, however due to departmental delays as well as pandemic issues, groundbreaking ceremony has been delayed for a few months.
Since all requisite approvals and NOCs from different departments were to be acquired, and the planned land had to be purchased from landowners before finally awarding the contract, this entire procedure required a couple of months before the official inauguration.
The project will be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan and CM Punjab Usman Buzdar soon after the project contractor is finalized. If things continue at current pace, we can expect physical development on Rawalpindi Ring Road project to commence by or before March 2021.
Rawalpindi Ring Road project has been approved by all relevant departments including Environment Protection Agency which issued its NOC in December 2020. Survey of entire route has been completed recently by RDA and NESPAK, and concrete pegs have been installed over 35 KM length of Rawalpindi Ring Road to mark the route.
Land purchase of over 20 KM length of Rawalpindi Ring Road has also been completed, while RDA is currently working to complete all requisite paperwork which includes technical design, financial design, environment impact, and overall design of Rawlapindi Ring road. Once this paperwork is completed, RDA will advertise for project contractor and then physical work will start.
Since Government of Punjab has already issued ample amount for land purchases and relevant developments, there is no scarcity of funds to procure the land required for Ring Road as well as planned commercial zones which have already been marked and surveyed.
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As per the news reports, this entire procedure till start of work will take approximately 3 months, so we can expect physical development work by March or April 2021.
When we look at the ongoing developments on Ring Road Project, we can confidently say that finally this mega development project is launching very soon. This entire area from Rawat, Chakbeli Road, Adyala Road, Chakri Road, New Islamabad Airport, Fateh Jang Road, and Sangjani will be connected through Rawalpindi Ring Road and land value in these areas will increase multiple times in the next few years.
As published in Daily Jang on 17-12-2020
Upto 20 KM land acquisition has been completed.
Final plan of the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project Economic Corridor (RRPEC) is released on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, after approval.In the final plan, 10 new commercial and residential zones have been added to the project such as a dry port equipped with modern facilities, a well-equipped hospital, and an international expo center, fruit and vegetable markets, goods and public transport terminals, and cattle markets.
65.6 kilometer (km) long Ring Road will have six lanes on each side and service roads would be constructed along the main road while RDA would plant 0.15 million saplings on the entire route of the signal-free corridor.
The project will be connected with city with interchanges at eight different locations while residential zones would be established along four interchanges. A hospital is also included in the plan for the project, which will be built near Chak Beli Interchange, while the planned amusement park would be constructed between Chakri and Morat interchanges.
Economic zones along Ring Road approved
Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on Wednesday approved setting up of economic zones along Ring Road which will be controlled by the civic body’s zoning regulations.
This was decided at the 49th governing body meeting of the RDA which was presided over by its chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza.
The meeting was attended by MPAs Latasub Satti, Haji Amjad Mahmood Chaudhry, Nasreen Tariq, RDA Director General Ammara Khan, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood and others.
Though the Punjab government has yet to start the process to procure land for the proposed Ring Road Project, the RDA governing body declared the area along the Ring Road as city limits.
Zones will be controlled by the civic body’s regulations
A formal notification for setting up of the economic zones will be issued by the Punjab government.
Future construction activities within these zones would be controlled in accordance with the principles of town planning and zoning regulations, the governing body said.
The governing body also approved RDA City, a 3,000-kanal residential project.
The project will be LDA-style and for this purpose governing body has made a five-member technical committee under the supervision of MPA Latasub Satti.
The committee will compile its report on the acquisition of land for RDA City project and other matters within fifteen days.
A short-term consultancy was also approved for this housing project to prepare a feasibility report aimed at identifying location suitable for the construction of RDA City.
The RDA director general presented each agenda before the governing body. Agenda items in detail were approved after questions and answers from various members.
Feasibility study for construction of metropolis zone along with New Islamabad Airport was also approved.
Besides this, hiring of a survey company was also approved which would determine encroachments along Leh Expressway.
Approval was also given to construct buildings on RDA approved commercial roads in accordance with the new building bye-laws so that the construction industry could flourish.
Wasa Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood submitted TORs for the services of a private company for recovery of WASA arrears which were also approved by the Governing Body.
Sports allowance like LDA was also approved for employees of RDA and Wasa.
Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2020
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar, has given the approval to start work on Rawalpindi Ring Road project under Public-Private Partnership, ARY News reported on Saturday.
Addressing a meeting in Lahore on Saturday, the chief minister said that the provincial government will provide all possible support and facilities for completion of Ring Road project.
A comprehensive business model is also being prepared for the promotion of public-private partnerships in the health sector.
The 65.8km ring road will start from Radio Pakistan Rawat N-5 and terminate at Sangjani N-5. Construction of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), including industrial, educational, recreational, medical health, residential and aerotropolis etc is a key component of the RRR.
Approval Accorded for Ring Road Project Land Acquisition Funds.
Rawalpindi: The Punjab Finance Department has approved funds worth PKR 6.3 billion to acquire land for the development of the 51-kilometre-long Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR)’s right-of-way (ROW), according to a news source published on August 19. The process will be initiated once the requisite amount has been transferred to the land acquisition collector’s account.
Reportedly, the Punjab Private Public Partnership Authority had already approved the PC-I for the RRR land acquisition. Now, the Punjab Government is expected to issue the official notification for land acquisition for the project. The land will be acquired under the venture’s first phase, which includes the development of the 51-kilometre-long and 110 metre wide ROW that will link the Radio Pakistan Building in Rawat on GT Road with the China-Pakistan Economic (CPEC) Route in Fateh Jang.
Rawalpindi: Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan recently said that Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) project would not be confined to the city alone but stretch over 100 kilometres to encircle both Islamabad and Rawalpindi, a news source reported. As per the publication, the project is expected to accommodate 50,000 vehicles on a daily basis.
What is Rawalpindi Ring Road’s road route?
The minister stated that the RRR would start from Chani Sher Alam near Rawat and end at Thalian in Rawalpindi – near the motorway. About half of the total length of RRR, which is from Rawat to Thaliyan interchange, is located in Rawalpindi, while the remaining road passes through the capital city – ‘covering Shah Allah Ditta, Siri Saral, Margalla Road, Kohsar, F-series sectors, Bhara Kahu, and Kallar Sayedan’ – before returning back to Rawat in Rawalpindi.
Sarwar Khan said that the said project would take two years to complete.
Previously, the authorities had formed a Project Management Unit (PMU) to manage and oversee the development of RRR. To this effect, Zeeruk was employed to prepare PC-1 of the project and execute its feasibility report. The project is a joint venture of Engineering General Consultant and Zeeruk. The Punjab government earmarked PKR 10 million for conducting the feasibility report.
Commissioner Rawalpindi has been assigned the job of the project director, while a deputy project director and the remaining staff including engineers, land acquisition collector, and resettlement planner will be employed in the coming days. Once the consultant firm finalise the PC-1 and present it to the government, the land acquisition and other relevant procedures will commence.
RAWALPINDI: The working on a proposal to divert the $400 million loan granted for the Ring Road project to the Leh Expressway is underway by the divisional administration announced Commissioner Capt (R) Mohammad Mehmood after a meeting held to review progress on mega development projects in Rawalpindi.
The decision came after many investors showed interest in constructing the Ring Road on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, the meeting was informed.
Prior to this, a consultant had been hired to conduct a study and prepare a feasibility report within a month for the Ring Road project to be built on a BOT basis to be presented to the provincial government.
The proposed report regarding the alignment of the Rawalpindi Ring Road will originate from Channi Sher Alam Bridge on the G.T. Road near Rawat and terminate at the Thalian interchange on the M-2 motorway between Rawalpindi and Lahore near the Islamabad International Airport.
He said a complete design would likely be completed by the end of March and work would be started soon as the administration has been directed to initiate the land acquisition work.
In addition, instructions to launch surveying of traffic on Airport Road and the District Courts Square have been given to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to determine whether a flyover or an underpass would be an apt choice on Ammar Chowk.
RDA’s traffic engineering and urban planning departments will begin the survey next week.