Rawalpindi: The National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) has been tasked by Rawalpindi Commissioner Captain (retired) Muhammad Mehmood to conduct a study to determine the Leh Expressway’s developmental feasibility under a private-public partnership (PPP) model, a news source reported.
NESPAK was finalised as the project consultant for Leh Expressway in November 2019. The consultancy firm will submit its report to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), which will be minoring the project’s development, within a time frame of five months.
The RDA engineers do not find it practical to construct the expressway between Kashmir Highway and Lahore High Court (LHC). They have instead decided to commence with the road’s construction near the Soan River and end it near Kattarian on I.J. Principal Road.
Under the new plan, the road will be constructed on both sides of Nullah Leh, as recommended by Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed. The expressway, following its completion, is expected to ease traffic congestion on Airport Road and Murree Road by offering an alternate route between Rawalpindi and Islamabad.