Rawalpindi: The Leh Expressway will be constructed under a public-private partnership arrangement; with the project expected to be completed within two years — a news source quoted Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed as saying. The minister shared this information while addressing a meeting held yesterday (April 23).
Rasheed further revealed that the Leh Expressway project plan has also been finalised, according to which a 16-kilometer dual carriageway will be developed at a cost of PKR 60 billion. The meeting was attended by notable officials representing the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and National Engineering Services of Pakistan, as well as Rawalpindi Commissioner Muhammad Mehmood.
As per details, the expressway will start near Sawan Pul and end at the Peshawar Morr, Islamabad. Both sides of the road will feature a number of commercial plazas, which are expected to create ‘a large number of employment opportunities’ for the locals; eventually becoming the city’s new commercial hub.
The minister informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would lay the project’s foundation stone this year following the announcement of Budget 2021-22.