Chandni Chowk flyover: Contractor asked to expedite work

RAWALPINDI, Nov 21: Annoyed by the slow pace of work on Chandni Chowk flyover project, the o

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fficials of local government at a meeting on Monday asked the contractor to complete the project within the stipulated time of 90 days, the sources have said.

The meeting convened to review the progress on the project was stunned to know that many government departments have not yet shifted the utility services from the site despite getting funds from the local administration in this regard.

Besides the representatives of the contractors, National Logistic Cell (NLC), Communication and Works (C&W), the meeting was attended by the commissioner, Rawalpindi, Zahid Saeed, MNA Hanif Abbasi, traffic police officials, heads of civic agencies and Wapda and gas authorities.However, the meeting was told that Rs22.27 million had been paid to the utility services for shifting their facilities.

At this the officials expressed their displeasure over slow pace of work by Wapda to shift its services despite getting the amount from the executing agency.

The meeting directed the NLC to sprinkle water on the dusty roadsides of the project and level the service roads in order to ensure free flow of traffic.

Official sources said that the authorities, particularly PML-N lawmakers in the city were disappointed with the slow pace of work on the project despite the fact that the project was supposed to be completed within 90 days as assured by the contractor.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, overseeing development schemes in the district, said that the main hurdle in the execution of the flyover had been removed and now it was matter of few weeks to complete the Rs1.2 billion project.

Due to the construction work on flyover from Chandi Chowk to Benazir Bhutto Hospital, the vehicular traffic in the city moves at a snail`s pace causing severe inconvenience to motorists and dust and noise pollution has affected the business of nearby shops.

“Customers are not coming to our shops due to the dust and noise at the site. We are anxiously waiting for the completion of the project. We have also told the local legislators to direct the contractors for expediting work,” Naveed Kanwal, a shopkeeper told Dawn on Monday.

So far the contractors have only dug the site and built some pillars making.

The utility services, disrupted by the project, have not been restored as many people complain of water and gas shortage in their areas.


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