Rawalpindi: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has decided to revive the PKR 13.1 billion Kahuta-Rawalpindi Road dualisation project, news sources reported. The two-phase 28.4-kilometre-long project includes improvement work on the existing 2-lane Rawalpindi-Kahuta road from the Kaak Pul Interchange on the Islamabad Expressway to Kahuta (on the Azad Pattan road).
As per Project Concept-1 (PC-I), the project would take 14 months to complete and will be entirely funded by the government under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). The NHA has given construction firm SMADB a contract to build Package-II at the same rate as decided in 2018, while the machinery has been mobilized on site.
On the other hand, NHA has begun hiring a new contractor for Package-I and has invited pre-qualification proposals from firms. Moreover, the following development work is also made part of the project:
● A new 4-lane flyover at Sihala railway line crossing on Sihala Bypass
● Geometric enhancements of the current road, including a 5-kilometre stretch between G T Road to Kaak Pul
● Acquisition of 1,752 kanals of land as Right of Way (ROW) ranging from 30 to 35 meters from Kaak Pul Interchange to Kahuta for highway dualisation.