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.