Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) intends to build two additional interchanges throughout the city to alleviate traffic congestion, news sources reported. The interchanges are proposed for Shaheen Chowk on Ninth Avenue and E-11 Chowk on Khayaban-e-Iqbal/Margalla Road, and the matter is on the agenda of CDA Development Working Party (DWP)’s meeting to be held on June 30.
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The Shaheen Chowk redevelopment is expected to cost PKR 1.47 billion, while the E-11 Chowk project is expected to cost PKR 1.42 billion. According to authorities, the projects will be launched in the coming months, and bids will be invited soon. To better plan for future projects, the authority has also engaged the assistance of consultants to identify traffic flow and bottleneck areas around the city.
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In another development, the technical committee formed to evaluate bid-related matters has recommended that the CDA approve the proposal for the building of a flyover at Sihala. The regulators opened bids for the project last month, and the lowest proposal was 16% higher than the projected budget. The subject was forwarded to a five-member technical committee, which, after consultation and consideration, recommended that CDA approve the proposal due to increased steel costs in international markets.
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In another related development, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed has directed that the Rawal Dam flyover and underpass must be completed by October 2021 rather than December 2022. The building of the flyover and underpass would help to relieve traffic congestion in Islamabad and the neighbouring regions