Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) on Monday (November 15) announced the tabling of the Leh Expressway project before the Public Private Partnership (PPP) board for final approval, news sources reported. A tender will be issued following the approval from the board.
The decision was made during the 57th RDA governing body meeting, which was presided over by Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah and RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza. On the occasion, National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) informed the participants of the meeting that the final plan to be forwarded to the PPP board calls for reducing the width of the Leh Expressway from 35-50 meters to 25-35 meters which will minimise the project’s land need.
The Leh Expressway project has been in the pipeline for 16 years and was recently approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and the Punjab Planning and Development Board (P&D). The PKR 25 billion project comprises the construction of roadways on both sides of the Nullah Leh, as well as the deepening of the flood channel to better withstand monsoon floods.