Financial crunch delays Zero Point loop construction,

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ISLAMABAD  – Owing to financial crunch faced by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the under-construction loop of Zero Point Interchange could not be completed so far and the contractor has stopped the work.

Sources said that delay in the payment of Rs 200 million pending bill to the construction firm has affected pace of the construction work.

Motorists have been facing problems due to delay in the construction of the said loop which links Fiasal Avenue and Kashmir Highway. On the other hand, the CDA sources claimed the construction work is almost complete, adding that it would be opened for general traffic within a month. A visit to the site showed that it has yet to be black topped and other pavement work is yet to be carried out.

The construction firm is constantly demanding payment of pending bills but CDA on the pretext of facing financial crisis is not paying their dues, which have resulted delay in its completion, sources further added.

Meanwhile several other important roads including IJ Principal Road from Faizabad to Churh are in poor conditions and have developed big hoes.  Even the authority is leased interested to carry out the patchwork.  On the other hand the CDA Chairman and the Prime Minister’s Advisor for the Capital are making tall claims to make the capital a model city.

Meanwhile, lack of traffic signals at Morgah More u-turn has posed life threat to the citizens due to increase in road accidents.

In the early hours of day that are office hours, traffic rush multiplies and the road becomes impassable for the pedestrians.

“We are working as teachers in Rawat Model town and we can not cross this road due to speedy traffic at opening and closing hours of our institutions. We have to wait for hours to cross this road, said a group of lady teachers.  This road goes blocked due to heavy oil tankers traffic and our school wagon stands sandwiched among the oil tankers due to lack of traffic signal and non-appoint of any traffic warden.

We often reach late in our schools by one or two hours due to this difficulty, said a group of school students. Daily one or two ageing persons or children are hit by the cars while crossing the road and they get injured but no action has so far been taken for installation of any traffic signal and appointment of traffic warden, said the residents of area. The residents demanded immediate installation of traffic signals and deployment of traffic warden.