Rawalpindi: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad recently announced the federal government has decided to include the Leh Expressway project among the infrastructural developments being carried out under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a news source reported.
The proposed dual carriageway is expected to be 30-kilometres long, and will run from Sawan to I.J. Principal Road. The project was proposed in the mid-2000s to save the neighbourhood from flooding during the monsoon season; however since that time, the cost of construction for the project has risen to PKR 80 billion.
Minister Rasheed expressed his interest in the project and called it a significant development for the city.
As reported earlier, the Punjab government will allocate funds for the project in the fiscal year 2020-21. The Leh Expressway will feature 9 flyovers, 3 underpasses and an interchange each at Murree Road and Chaklala. The flyovers will be constructed at Katarian, Dhok Charagh Din, Pir Wadhai, and Rata Amral.