Rawalpindi: Punjab government has expedited work on the 123-kilometre-long state-of-the-art signal-free tourism highway project, news sources reported on August 1. The PKR 4.27 billion project will be completed by March 2024.
Reportedly, in a briefing to the area’s lawmakers, the project contractor said that 40% of the work on the 32-kilometre-long section has been completed from Pindori Chowk to Brure. While the work on the second phase of the project will start in August. Moreover, the contractor said all properties along the road will be commercialised while multi-storey, earthquake-resistant buildings will also be built on both sides. In addition to this, educational institutions, industrial zones, modern parks, and picnic points will also be built along the highway. As per Project Concept-1 (PC-1), the said toursim highway will extend from Pindori Chowk in Kalar Syedan to Lower Topa in Murree. When completed, the road will be the only “tourist corridor” connecting Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Galiyat. The highway would be linked to five important roadways from Azad Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, GB, and other places.
It may be noted here that the project was inaugurated in October 2021. The government has allocated funds to complete the project as it is one of the major initiatives centred around promoting tourism in the country.