Work on the project to kick off on Monday


The Punjab government has finally released funds for construction of the Rehmanabad-Sixth Road Flyover and work on Rs1.042 billion mega development project would kick off on September 9.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 120 days.

From September 8, the Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandni Chowk to Double Road would be closed for all kinds of traffic. All vehicles would be diverted to alternative routes as per the traffic plan chalked out by the Rawalpindi Traffic Police (RTP).

The citizens were requested to cooperate with the concerned departments and the traffic police staff so that the project could be completed smoothly and on time.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar here on Thursday. The meeting was attended by MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Superintendent Engineer (SE) Punjab Highways Farhat Munir, CTO Syed Ishtiaq Shah, ADC (G) Saif Anwar Jappa, SP Rawal Town Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif and officials of the NLC.

City Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Shah and SE Punjab Highways and Roads Farhat Munir briefed the participants of the meeting on the traffic plan and details of the project.According to the approved traffic plan, the vehicles moving from Saddar to Faizabad would be diverted from Chandni Chowk to National Market, Saidpur Road, IJ Principal Road and Double Road. Similarly, the traffic moving from Faizabad to Saddar would be diverted to Farooq-e-Azam Road, Kurri Road, Gaye Wala Chowk and Chandni Chowk, Murree Road.

It was also decided in the meeting that the Rawalpindi Traffic Police and the Punjab Highways Department would jointly prepare direction boards, no-parking boards and direction banners and would place these on both sides of the Benazir Bhutto Road for the guidance of the public.

The TMA Rawal Town staff would remove encroachments from Saidpur Road and Kurri Road, Sadiqabad, while fork-lifters of traffic police would lift parked vehicles on these roads and no vehicle would be allowed parking on these roads. This exercise would be carried out for at least three months.

It was also decided that the projects of Pirwadhai Underpass and expansion of Chur Road would be started soon after the completion of Rehmanabad-Sixth Road Flyover.

Punjab Highways and Roads Superintendent Engineer (SE) Farhat Munir told ‘The News’ that construction work on the Rehmanabad-Sixth Road Flyover was delayed due to ever-increasing encroachments on roads and late finalization of the traffic plan. “Now, the traffic plan has been finalised and all encroachments would be banned on planned routes of traffic diversion. Strict action would be taken against encroachers”, he warned.

He said that an amount of Rs81.3 million would be spent on shifting of utility services from the project site.