LAHORE: The Lahore bridge expansion project, also known as the Qainchi flyover project, has been causing major inconvenience for people due to delays in its completion.
The project has caused severe traffic congestion and environmental problems in the surrounding areas.
According to a resident, Omar, the delay in completing the project has negatively impacted public health, causing cough, chest infections, and other respiratory issues due to carbon emissions.
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) is responsible for the project, which was initially expected to be completed in September of last year.
The project was delayed due to various issues, including the non-issuance of a no-objection certificate from Pakistan Railways and non-compliance with power shutdowns by Lesco.
However, the project gained momentum after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently inspected the construction site and instructed the authorities to complete the project as soon as possible.
The Lahore bridge project is part of the Rs. 1.711 billion Gulab Devi underpass project.
The expansion of the bridge (the two-lane side heading towards Gajjumata and Kasur) involves constructing an additional two-lane flyover alongside the existing one with a one-meter gap.
The LDA administration has instructed the engineering wing to ensure the completion of the project by May 31.
Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa has also warned the officers that there will be no compromise on the deadline of May 31.