ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been facing challenges in completing the Margalla Avenue project within the stipulated deadline, raising concerns about potential delays and increased traffic congestion in Islamabad.
The ambitious road construction project, worth approximately Rs4 billion, aims to link the newly-constructed Margalla Avenue with E-11.
Commenced in December 2022, the 5.5km road project was assigned a six-month deadline for completion, set for June 20 of this year.
However, with only 45% of the work completed thus far, it appears highly unlikely that the CDA will meet the deadline as per official statements.
“While we are exerting all-out efforts to complete this project, it is next to impossible to meet the June 20 deadline,” admitted an official from the CDA.
The official cited service shifting as a main contributing factor causing the delay.
The Margalla Avenue project involves constructing a 5.5km road that stretches from sector D-12, where Margalla Avenue currently ends, to Khayaban-i-Iqbal in E-11.
Furthermore, the plan includes the construction of a flyover and an interchange at E-11, aiming to alleviate potential traffic congestion in the area.
Substantial progress has been made on the project, with the completion of the sub-base work for the road and the construction of girders for the interchange.
According to the official, the next step is to initiate the girders launching work. With maximum effort, the official suggested that the project could be completed within the next three months.
Margalla Avenue, already serving as a shortcut road for motorists along a 10km stretch from GT Road to D-12, is expected to experience a significant increase in traffic due to the ongoing residential and commercial development in the surrounding areas.
The CDA is currently working on four residential sectors along this road, with construction underway in two sectors and plans to commence work in the remaining two.
Additionally, a central business district (CBT) is planned along Margalla Avenue, further fueling future expectations of heavy traffic flow.
Anticipating potential bottlenecks near D-12, the CDA decided to construct the 5.5-km road from D-12 to E-11 to mitigate future traffic congestion.
However, concerns have been raised regarding the CDA’s focus on completing only a portion of Margalla Avenue rather than the entire road from GT Road to Murree Road in Bhara Kahu, as originally planned.
“Construction of the first and last portion of Margalla Avenue is commendable, but the CDA should have prioritized the completion of the entire road as outlined in the master plan,” expressed an official, highlighting the importance of adhering to the planned alignment to ensure long-term effectiveness and connectivity.
As the deadline looms, the CDA will need to intensify its efforts to expedite the remaining construction work on Margalla Avenue.
Failure to complete the project within the extended timeframe may result in increased traffic congestion and inconvenience for commuters, emphasizing the need for timely and efficient execution of critical infrastructure projects.