Lahore, also known as the City of Gardens, is the second-largest city in Pakistan. Some of the green spaces present in and around the city even date back to the Mughal era making it all the more significant culturally and historically. Due to the increasing population of Lahore, the number of vehicles in the city is also rising—a troubling trend that’s making densely populated areas more prone to traffic congestions, especially during the rush hours. To tackle this pressing issue, the government has approved the construction of five new mega projects in Lahore. Construction work will most likely begin in the month of April for which authorities are making efforts regarding the bidding process, qualification of contractors, awarding contracts and transfer of funds.
Five New Mega Development Projects In Lahore: What Do We Know?
To resolve the issue of traffic congestion during rush hours on busy roads such as Gulberg Main Boulevard, Jail Road, Ferozepur Road and Defence Main Boulevard, the government of Punjab already has a robust infrastructure in place. There are many underpasses, flyovers and signal-free corridors that help ensure travellers don’t get stuck on the road during their commute. But with the five new mega-development projects in Lahore, it appears that provincial authorities are committed to providing citizens utmost convenience when it comes to intra-city mobility.
The decision to develop these mega projects in Lahore came after a slew of studies were carried out to identify the average number of vehicles passing, public problems, traffic congestions and effect on environment in the light of which following five sites were picked to improve for traffic flow:
- Sheranwala Gate
- Gulab Devi Hospital
- Lahore Bridge (Ferozepur Road)
- Shahkam Chowk
- Mall Road
The total budget for these five projects is reportedly over Rs 20.5 billion and the responsibility of timely accomplishment of the task has been assigned to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). LDA is a government body that looks after development and maintenance projects within the jurisdiction of Lahore. One of its goals and targets is to promote environmentally friendly activities through an integrated traffic management system. The project director told one of the prestigious news outlets that the project is important to resolve growing public mobility issues and he is confident to complete the project in the shortest possible time.
Sheranwala Gate is one of the 13 gates of old Lahore. The road network near the Sheranwala Gate is one of the busiest, therefore, a 1-kilometre-long flyover has been planned to be constructed from Naulakha police station to Sheranwala Gate. A study conducted prior to the planning of this project suggested that on average, 121,421 vehicles travel on this route daily and the number of vehicles turning left and right is 60,942 and 77,012 respectively.
The construction of the flyover will certainly improve the traffic flow and help minimize traffic congestion. The budget allocated for this project will cover following services:
- Acquisition of 22 Kanal private land
- Earthwork and allied works
- Development of sub-base and base
- Surface course and pavement
- Structures (flyover & RCC wall, ramps, rigid pavement)
- Drainage and erosion work
- Ancillary works
- Electrical works
- Landscaping and horticulture
Project Type: Construction of a flyover
Cost: PKR 4.9 Billion
Gulab Devi Hospital
It is a well-documented fact that traffic congestion near the signal in the vicinity of Gulab Devi Hospital can last for a long time, especially in the evening. The road connects Gulberg and Model Town with Defence, Walton Road, and all the areas that line this route, to Kasur. To reduce the flow of traffic in this area, the construction of an underpass has been planned near Gulab Devi Hospital.
The budget planned for this project will be spent on following things:
- Civil works
- Shifting of service
Project Type: Construction of an underpass
Cost: Around PKR 2 Billion
The construction of a flyover on Shahkam Chowk is expected to minimize the traffic clots during peak hours. This will provide ease to the citizens travelling on Link Canal Road (Thokar to Shahkam Chowk). The road is also used to reach other posh societies of Lahore such as Bahria Town and serves as a connection to Mohlanwal Stop and Defence Road.
The budget set aside for this project will be utilized for:
- Acquisition of 96 Kanal land
- Construction of bridge (Length 606 meters, width 23.6 meter)
- 5 to 6 kilometres long track on the ground leading to bridge
- Rehabilitation works
Project Type: Construction of a flyover
Cost: PKR 4.349 Billion
Mall Road Lahore is one of the most important roads of the city since the iconic buildings of Punjab Assembly and WAPDA house both are located on this road. In addition to these, Lahore High Court, General Post Office (GPO), Anarkali Market and Governor House are all present on the same road. This makes it not only important but also the busiest road of Lahore especially during rush hours. To cross all the traffic lights without experiencing a traffic clog is not possible.
To provide convenience to the public and ensure a smooth flow of traffic, the government has approved the development of 5 underpasses on different intersections. The plan is to construct 2 single barrel underpasses on Davis Road and Governor House and 3 double barrel underpasses at Charing Cross, Regal Chowk and Anarkali Chowk. Construction of these underpasses will be an addition to the number of signal-free corridors and travellers can cover a long distance without being stuck in traffic or breaking speed. The cost to be incurred on the bridge also includes the acquisition of 10 Kanal private land.
Project Type: Construction of 5 underpasses
Cost: PKR 7.5 Billion
There were times when reaching Barkat Market after crossing Kalma Chowk on time was no less than an achievement. After the construction of Kalma Underpass, the traffic not only started flowing smoothly but also made the otherwise dreary-looking surroundings appear more beautiful. Owing to the increase in the number of vehicles, traffic jams at Barkat Market Y-Junction have become more common. To improve this, the project planned has a signal-free Barkat Market Corridor three proposed options of building a flyover, an underpass and on-ground improvements.
Project Type: A proposed plan of constructing an underpass, a flyover and on-ground improvements
Cost: PKR 1.5 Billion
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