Rawalpindi: The Secretary of District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA), Muhammad Rashid Ali recently announced that the district administration has plans to build two transport hubs outside the city, according to a news source published 4th April.
According to the details, for the above-mentioned purpose, 740-acres of land will be acquired for both terminals. The district administration will acquire 340-acres of land for the purpose of establishing the bus/truck terminal at the First Interchange of Ring Road near Rawat. On the other hand, 400-acre is reversed for the bus/truck terminal at Sixth Interchange of Ring Road near New Islamabad International Airport.
Additionally, the local administration will acquire 80-acres land for the establishment of a cattle market, 150-acres for dry port and green market and lastly, 120-acres for a separate vegetable market at First Interchange of Ring Road.
Mr Ali stated that entry of heavy traffic would be banned after the completion of Rawalpindi Ring Road, and only urban transport would be allowed in the city areas. Two depots, namely Waran Bus Stand near Saddar and Chur Bus Stand will be built to park urban transports. Furthermore, he termed the Rawalpindi Ring Road project as a necessity to solve the traffic problems in the city as well as the control of pollution and added that a Vehicle Inspection Certification System (VICS) will be established near Chur and the same will become operational in 15 days.
The Commissioner of Rawalpindi Division, Captain (R) Muhammad Mehmood has announced a two-year time limit for bus and truck owners to shift out of the city.