ISLAMABAD: The completion of the Bhara Kahu Bypass project has been delayed, causing inconvenience for commuters traveling to popular hill stations such as Murree, Galyat, and Kashmir this upcoming summer season.
The city managers have failed to complete the project within the given timeframe, despite the Prime Minister’s ambitious deadline.
It was shared that the contractor, the National Logistics Cell (NLC), has refused to hurry the project and has conveyed that all security and safety protocols must be followed strictly. This has led to a visible reduction in the pace of work on the site.
A senior officer associated with the project has said that, according to the present work routine being followed by the contractor, it will take at least six more months to complete.
However, the Member Engineering CDA Syed Munawar Shah has expressed optimism that the project will be completed in the first week of June 2023.
The Bhara Kahu bypass project, worth Rs6.5 billion, starts from Malpur and crosses QAU land. The 5.6 km-long road, including a 1km flyover, aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution and facilitate tourists traveling to Murree.
It was shared that the project was supposed to be completed by March 2023, and the former Chairman CDA Captain (Retired) Muhammad Usman Younis was overseeing its progress.
However, a court case in the Islamabad High Court, in which a section of the Quaid-i-Azam University’s faculty challenged the project, caused a slight delay.
Despite this setback, the CDA expedited work on the QAU portion after the Islamabad High Court dismissed the faculty members’ petition.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the project while launching the Rawal Dam Interchange on 14th August 2022.
Meanwhile, a picture circulated on social media showing a portion of road settlement on the newly completed 7th Avenue Interchange, which seems to be a premature inauguration.
However, Member Engineering CDA clarified that it was not the bridge portion but a slip road that was affected by consecutive rains in the last few days.
The same will be re-carpeted by the contractor as the project is under a defect liability period of one year.