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Multi-Billion Rupee Projects in Islamabad Are Finally Open for Heavy Traffic

Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Anwarul Haq, has ordered to immediately open the Bhara Kahu bypass and Karnal Sher Khan Road, formerly known as I.J. Principal Road, for heavy traffic.

During a meeting of the civic authority, the CDA chief expressed his displeasure over the closure of these two projects to heavy traffic. It is pertinent to mention that both these projects costed billions of rupees.

The total cost of the Bhara Kahu bypass would surge to a massive 8 billion rupees following the completion of the additional work. The additional work, which is being reviewed by a consultant, would cost another Rs.1.5 billion.

Talking about the reasons behind the closure of the two roads, a CDA official told a national daily that they were closed due to technical reasons. He added that the several abrupt turns on the bypass road forced its closure, which could prove to be dangerous for fast-moving heavy vehicles. However, now it has been decided to resolve the issue with the installation of speed breakers, sign boards and deployment of traffic police officials.

Furthermore, the CDA chief ordered to allow heavy traffic on Karnal Sher Khan Road as well. The meeting was informed that the landing issue on a regular road was the reason behind the closure of a flyover on the road near Sabzi Mandi.

It was revealed that the heavy traffic was taking up the space meant for light traffic on the flexible lanes after it landed on regular road, instead of rigid lanes. The encroachment on both sides of the road was identified as the reason behind it and the meeting decided to clear all the encroachments.

The meeting also deliberated over the progress on other projects such as the expansion of Park Road and a portion of the road from Sector D-12 to Sector E-11. The meeting was informed that D-12 to E-11 road would soon be opened for traffic as it is nearing its completion.


  • The traffic mess on the park road in the peak hours is deplorable. Absolute choas in the original and evening rush hours. Babu’s of CDA are enjoying tea in their luxury offices and ordinary masses are suffering.

  • The traffic mess on the park road in the peak hours is deplorable. Absolute choas in the morning and evening rush hours. Babu’s of CDA are enjoying tea in their luxury offices and ordinary masses are suffering.
    Such projects should be undertaken in the summers when educational institutions are closed.

  • IJP/Karnal Sher Khan road is already addressing Heavy traffic, since like 2 months ago I witnessed it. Barakhu bypass is good and it takes just 5 minutes to pass as of before traffic jams at Barakhu took 20 to 50 minutes in peak season of Murree. Currently the situation below the bypass is bad. All dusty and broken roads.

  • New Margalla Avenue which is six lane dual carriageway is closed from one side for a long duration due to damage caused on one portion and needs urgent attention of the authorities concerned for repair and maintenance.

    Further this speaks about the quality of work being done, billions of public money spent on this project without ensuring work quality and this requires proper probing…

  • Is there any update on T chowk flyover.when it is going to start work on that project .

  • HTV Traffic is always traveling in the LTV Lane on IJP that Should be controlled. The encroachments on ijp right after the Sabzi Mandi (I-11) flyover needs to be removed. And for the Heavy Transportation Vehicles Using the flyovers should not be allowed. Flyovers are meant to be used for fast moving vehicles and the structure is loads For LTV traffic. The flyover on I-11 and the one for 9th Ave both have been damaged because of HTV traffic. Either they should be built with better materials for HTV traffic.


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