In a recent news report, it has been revealed that the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project is set to be transferred from Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA). The said decision has reportedly been approved by the cabinet but is awaiting the approval of the Punjab Assembly.
The project was reportedly planned by RDA back in 1991. However, the project could not enter the execution stage due to the department’s limited capacity and resources. In March of 2020, the project was taken from RDA and was handed over to LRRA by the provincial government. Later in June, the project was handed back over to the RDA, but recently, the cabinet has approved of its transference back to the LRRA again.
RDA Chairman, Tariq Murtaza, confirmed the said news and stated that the final verdict will be made by Punjab Assembly. In a further development on that front, the soft architecture of the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project prepared by Zurich International consultancy firm is under review by NESPAK.
Murtaza further informed that the approval of the completion of Ring Road under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is expected to be given by January 15, in a meeting between the members of Punjab Private Public Partnership Board.
Currently, RDA is still the executive agency of the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project. The department has reportedly prepared recommendations on the alignment of 65 kilometers long route. Thus far, on paper, the project also entails nine overhead bridges, several economic zones, and other facilities such as recreational landscapes, amusement parks, and commercial avenues, etc.