Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has given approval for the expedited work on the Islamabad Expressway expansion project, news sources reported on May 26. The PKR 2.4 billion projects will be carried out by the state-run Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).
According to reports, the decision on the extension work was made during a CDA board meeting presided over by CDA Chairman Amir Ali Ahmad. According to Project Concept-1 (PC-1) the project, expansion work on the Islamabad Expressway from PWD to T-Chowk would be carried out by FWO. The present two-lane road will be turned into five lanes, with the option of expanding to six lanes in the future. The government awarded the project contract to FWO under Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Rule 42 (f). The rule enables the government to award contracts to only government-owned enterprises due to the sensitive nature of the location or project.
The project also includes the development of the Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project between Koral and the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). In addition, the meeting also took the following decision: Review of the Green Line BRT project from Bhara Kahu to PIMS Review of the progress of the Shah Allah Ditta bypass Provision of facilities at the Orange Line Metro Station Review of progress on the Nelore Heights—an FWO project for the general public consisting of 2,000 apartments.