Delay in 6th Road flyover feared

RAWALPINDI, Dec 14: The construction of the 6th Road flyover may not be completed by December 31, the deadline set by the Punjab government.

A provincial government official involved in the project told Dawn on Friday that due to the two-day-long rains work at the site had further slowed down. He said the project was likely to complete by February.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation of the flyover on September 25 and directed the communication and works (C&W) department and the contractor, National Logistics Cell (NLC), to complete the project by January 10. Due to the traffic gridlocks on Benazir Bhutto Road, Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal on November 13 asked the construction company to finish the project by December 31. The firm had agreed to the new deadline.

Work at the site remained slow from the beginning due to late arrival of funds. Later, the C&W department changed its team of engineers in early December.

The recent rains further affected the process to dry the cemented slabs on the flyover. A total seven slabs were to be laid on the beams and so far four have been fixed. Continue reading

Rawal Town roads to be renovated

RAWALPINDI, Dec 14: The Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) will renovate five main roads of the city with an estimated cost of Rs22.34 million.

Talking to Dawn, Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa said that the civic body would bear the expenses from its own budget under annual development programme for 2012-2013.

He said that the 4th-B Road from Chandani Chowk to Saidpur Road would be expanded from 18 feet to 40 feet costing Rs12.34 million. He said that encroachment along
the roads would be removed.

The motor mechanics had established their setups along the road which not only created problem for smooth flow of traffic but also generated noise pollution.

Commercial activities in the residential areas are prohibited by the town administration.

“We will remove all the encroachments and illegal activities along the roads,” Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa said.

He said median of the road would have greenery. “Apart from this, the Rawal Town Municipal Administration will also start beautification scheme for four main roads of the city,” he said.

He said that Rawal Road, 5th B Road, Saidpur Road and 6th Road would also be made beautiful and would turn into model roads.

“The squares of these roads will be widened and freed of encroachment. The roads will have road furniture, road dividers, greenery, footpaths, reflective signage and less pollution,” he said. Continue reading