Rawalpindi: After launching a probe into the alleged changes in the original route of Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR), the Punjab government has started afresh the process to align circular road, according to a news story published in national dailies today.
Reportedly, with the changes in the road’s alignment, the project cost was increased by PKR 25 billion. It was also highlighted in the investigations that the changes in the altered route gave undue advantage to certain housing schemes. The latest development in this regard is that, on instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the case has now been referred to the National Accountability Bureau and the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department for further investigations.
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According to the news source, Rawalpindi Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, while briefing the Punjab chief secretary via video link, revealed that work has begun on the RRR’s fresh alignment. He stressed that the process to realign the project will be free from corruption. Responding to the information shared in this briefing, the chief secretary directed the commissioner to share the project’s alternate proposals along with cost estimates as soon as possible to ensure that construction of the road is completed within the same budget.
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The chief secretary dismissed all rumours regarding the project being stopped, adding that the project is of huge importance for the residents of Rawalpindi and there is no reason to halt it. He directed the commissioner to submit PC-1 of the RRR project on a priority basis.