Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Member Engineering Ayaz Khan recently revealed that the much-awaited construction work on the expansion of the Korang Bridge and the PWD Underpass (located on Islamabad Expressway) had been launched on Monday (October 5), according to news sources.
He further stated that once the two projects have been completed, they will help reduce the traffic congestion on the city’s main roads. Reportedly, the contract for the two construction projects was earlier won by a joint venture of Maqbool Associates and Calsons. The winning bid was PKR 628.5 million for the Korang Bridge and PKR 428 million for the PWD Underpass — with these amounts respectively 17% and 19% less than the estimated cost.
The funding for the two projects is expected to be provided under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). The first instalment worth PKR 160 million has already been released by the government — with the CDA issuing a letter of commencement for the said projects on September 23.
As per the CDA officials, the responsibility of making certain that there are no revised estimates for the two projects lies with the authority management to ensure that the low bids prove beneficial. Reportedly, the work on the underpass will be finalised in seven months, while the completion of the bridge will be take up to 15 months.