RAWALPINDI: Due to the local administration’s lack of commitment, the work on 3 major projects of Kutchery Chowk reconstruction, Defence Chowk, and the signal-free route from Kattchery Chowk to the highway, is unlikely to begin in FY2022-23.
According to the details, the Punjab government gave Rs. 1 billion to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and sanctioned Rs. 6.4 billion for the Kutchery Chowk restoration project.
However, the lack of a traffic management plan and the district administration’s lack of interest prevented the local authority from starting the project.
Furthermore, the 2.2 billion Rs Defence Chowk project was also approved. However, due to the National Highway Authority’s (NHA) sluggish development of the Soan River bridge, work on the project has not yet started.
Additionally, the 3rd project was to eliminate traffic signals along the Mall and Peshawar Road from Kutchery Chowk to Motorway Chowk. Previously, the project was part of the Punjab Annual Development Program, but work on this project is yet to begin.
The project is expected to cost Rs. 10 billion, which includes the construction of a flyover and 4 underpasses at the junctions of GPO Chowk, GHQ Chowk, Qasim Market, and Military Hospital Chowk.
The administration is attempting to put this project in the Annual Development Program for 2023–2024, while RDA is working on all these projects and will shortly introduce them, according to RDA spokesperson Mohammad Irfan.