Rawalpindi: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Saturday (March 19) laid the foundation stone of Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) at Thalian, near Islamabad-Lahore (M-2) Motorway, according to news sources.
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According to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) officials, the Punjab government had planned to construct the Ring Road project to address the traffic congestion in the twin cities. The said project resolves the traffic issues by developing an alternative bypass that will link Karachi – Torkham (N-5) Highway to M-2 Motorway.
As per the details, the project features 38.3-kilometre six-lane controlled access road starting from Baanth, N-5 national highway. The said road project will pass through Chakbeli Road, Adiala Road, and Chakri Road before ending at the Thalian Interchange at M-2 Motorway. Moreover, the road will comprise five interchanges, fenced right of way, underpasses, bridges, weigh bridges, and toll plazas.
Reportedly, the total cost of the project will be PKR 33.7 billion, which includes PKR 6.7 billion for land acquisition and PKR 27 billion for construction costs. The project will be executed by Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and the Punjab government has released PKR 4 billion for it. The project is expected to be completed within 2 years.
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RDA Chief Engineer Dr Habibul Haq Randhawa mentioned that the purpose of this road project is to ease traffic congestion and provide an efficient and fast route for trade-related traffic and access to major cities.