Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is introducing a Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Islamabad to cater to the growing transportation needs of the city, according to news published in the leading newspaper on June 13.
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The CDA’s Planning Wing has approached the Economic Affairs Division to secure funding from international donors such as the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for the execution of this project. A preliminary concept paper has been prepared by the Planning Wing, but senior officers emphasized the need for engaging a consultant to conduct a detailed feasibility study.
Moreover, the preliminary plans have identified four possible routes for the LRT system. These routes include:
- A 30.5-kilometre stretch from Rawat to Faisal Mosque along Islamabad Expressway and Faisal Avenue
- A 13.7-kilometre route from N5 (G.T. Road) to Pakistan Monument via Srinagar Highway
- A 27.5-kilometre route from Rawat (T-Chowk) to 26 No Stop on G.T. Road
- A 10.4-kilometre route from Pirwadhai to Faizabad via the IJP road
In recent years, major roads in the city have experienced significant traffic congestion during peak hours, so CDA introducing LRT in Islamabad is an essential solution to alleviate this issue. The LRT is not only a cost-effective option but also reduces travel time.