There has been little news about the Southern Loop (SL)-III of Lahore Ring Road (LRR) ever since its project plan was prepared back in December 2017. The SL-III is a 8.5 kilometre long road that is to connect Adda Plot interchange on Raiwind Road with Multan Road near the main entrance of National Fertilizer Cooperative (NFC) Housing Society’s Phase II while passing through Golf View Residencia, Bahria Town’s Blocks Tulip Extension, Rafi, Iqbal Juniper, Overseas B Extension and Talha, and NFC Phase II’s Block A. The project, which will be pursued under private-public partnership, is estimated to cost PKR 8,000 million. Here is the current update on it.
SL-III and Bahria Town
From Adda Plot Interchange, the SL-III of LRR will turn into Golf View Residencia and other Bahria Town projects. Due to the route, the Bahria Town management renewed the map for Golf View Residencia in order to start the development accordingly. As of date, development work in Phase I has been completed, it was half done in Phase II, and yet to be started in Phase III as the information we shared with you in our last blog. The Golf View Residencia plot owners whose property was compromised due to the SL-III were given alternate plots within the same project. So in terms of LRR’s SL-III, this particular project is clear.
The SL-III passing through Bahria Town’s Blocks Tulip Extension, Rafi, Iqbal, Juniper, Overseas B Extension and Talha, will affect approximately 600 plots and 300 houses. While Bahria Town requested for a stay on construction of this loop from Lahore High Court, which the court granted in August 2016, the developer has bought back these houses and plots.
According to Unity Estates CEO Atiq-ur-Rehaman, the management purchased these properties at compatible rates and has cleared off the dues off all houses and many plots. The payment pending for the remaining plot owners will be cleared by June. This indicates that the matter can be settled according to the original plan for SL-III on certain terms, including the compensation against land or allocation of alternate land by the Government of Punjab to Bahria Town. As and when there is some development on it, be sure to read it on Zameen Blog.
SL-III and NFC Phase II
The loop also eats some plots of Bahria Town’s neighbouring NFC Phase II, where it touches its Block A, affecting about 70 plots. The society management has committed to offer compensation against these plots with the same project at compatible location. The loop is destined to make NFC Phase II altogether more accessible. This, coupled with on-going development work has made NFC Phase II a rewarding project to invest in Lahore right now.
Like mentioned earlier, Bahria Town’s decision to compensate plot owners resonates positivity about the letting the route pass through the planned route, the only thing which seems to causing a delay in development work initiation is it not being on the priority of the provincial government at the moment. As we are aware that the Government of Punjab has decided not present provincial budget 2018-19, funds for this project will be allocated and issued by the next provincial government. But we do know that the federal government of Pakistan has reserved PKR 4,000 million for the construction of a six-lane highway that will connect Kala Shah Kaku with Lahore Ring Road. So in one way or another, the connectivity of the LRR will improve in the next fiscal year as well.
Features of SL-III
According to the official website of Punjab Private-Public Partnership Cell, the LRR’s SL-III will be 8.5-kilometres long and it will have two interchanges, three bridges, three underpasses and 14 drain culverts.
According to an earlier news report from December 27, 2017, the project plan had been prepared for LRR’s 8-kilometres long SL-III and 6-kilometre long SL-IV. As per the estimates shared in that report, the expense required to acquire land for these loops was PKR 10 billion.
What to expect?
Property experts operating in the housing societies that are set to benefit from the SL-III believe that development cannot start here until the next government holds office, and presents the budget with funds allocated for the SL-III and IV.