Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) recently announced plans to form a committee to oversee the recommencement of the construction of the Margalla Avenue project, and to resolve issues with the road’s former contractor — a news source reported.
The CDA has been involved in litigation with this contractor for many years, resulting in the stalling of the project. CDA Member Engineering Humayun Akhtar stated that the development authority had constituted the committee, which is led by the member finance, to resolve these legal issues with the contractor. He added that they were seeking an out-of-court settlement in this regard.
After all issues have been settled, Akhtar said that the CDA planned to resume with the construction of the stalled project. He added that talks with the Railway authorities were underway to finance a design that would also be made part of the project.
According to sources, the contract for the construction of Margalla Avenue was awarded in June 2012 — with its construction expected to be completed within a year. However, due to issues pertaining to possession of land and the contract itself, work on the project came to halt.
Another CDA official stated the committee aimed to come to an amicable settlement with the contractor in order to expedite the construction of the Margalla Avenue project.
Reportedly, the CDA also plans to initiate the process of acquiring the remaining land for the project soon, in order to resume, and complete, the construction work in a timely manner.