Infrastructure: Work on Multan Road might begin in July


Repair of Multan Road’s Section 3, Phase-2  – from Scheme Mor to Chauburji- may begin this month, Project Director Sabir Khan Sadozai said on Tuesday.

The work originally scheduled to begin on the completion of widening and improvement of the road from Thokhar Niaz Beg to Scheme Mor in October 2011, was brought to a halt by lack of funds.

Sadozai said the government has now approved Rs873 million for a scaled down project.

Talking about a tentative date for the initiation of the project, Sadozai said, it was still early to say when road work could start as Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and the Revenue Department had yet to submit their assessment of the revised project. He said the reports were likely to be available in two weeks.

Sources in Project Management Unit (PMU) claim that carpeting of the road will not cause traffic congestion.

While the road will only be repaired for the time being, PMU officials say Rs300 million will be required if the government decides to expand it.

Work to improve and repair Multan Road began in October 2009.

The 7.3 km road from Thokar Niaz Beg to Scheme Mor (Section 1) was completed in October 2011 at a cost of Rs1.5 billion out of the Rs2,13 billion allocated for the whole project.

Pre-planning for the BRTS

The renovation of the 3.7 kilometres road will be followed by installation of pillars for a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) running from Chowk Yateem Kahana to Samanbad Mor.

Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik told The Express Tribune that BRTS will be run from Thokar Niaz Beg till Scheme Mor on a road corridor and from Scheme Mor to Chauburji on an elevated lane.

Communication and Works Chief Engineer Munawwar Bashir told The Tribune that up to 15-foot land will be acquired at some places along the stretch.

He said that the Water and Sanitation Agency will expand the adjacent drain from 1.8 metres to 4.5 metres for installation of pillars for the bridge.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2012. Continue reading

60,000 acres selected for new city project

KARACHI – Head of the Special Committee on Zulfiqarabad Authority (ZA), Taj Haider said establishment of Zulfiqarabad is imperative for the development of Sindh.

One million acres land out of total 1.3 million acres will be reclaimed with the help of 230 kilometers long iron wall inside the sea, he said.

Taj Haider, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP Sindh, said this while briefing members of the Sindh Assembly and media about Zulfiqarabad project at the SA committee room no 1 here the other day. He said the project of Zulfiqarabad was of much importance and we should consider every aspect of it.

He recalled that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had announced three mega projects for Sindh during her government’s tenure which included Ketti Bander and Port Qasim. He also called for need to generate more employment opportunities to cope with the new challenges.

Taj Haider said initially 60,000 acres of land has been selected to start work on the Zulfiqarabad project.  He said in the first phase work will be started in three projects include inauguration of 6 kilometers Dhandari Bridge which would cover 60 kilo meters. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah will soon inaugurated work on Dhandari Bridge which would cost Rs 3 billions, he added. Continue reading

MM Alam Road widening project approved

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority will start the project of improvement and widening of two kilometres long M.M.Aalam Road Gulberg in the current month which would be completed within a period of three months.

Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed stated here on Monday that the estimated cost of this project was Rs 350 millions.

Giving details of the project, he told that this dual carriage way will consist of two lanes on each side and LED solar lights will be installed along this road.

Parking arrangements would be made on both sides and buildings would be constructed after leaving a setback of 30 feet from the road. Continue reading