Rawalpindi: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Tuesday confirmed that the construction of the Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) – a signal-free dual carriageway – had been postponed till the next fiscal year, according to news sources. Following the disbursement of funds scheduled in August, the construction work will commence in September.
The delay is caused as the funds allocated for the construction of Rawalpindi Ring Road have been diverted to the government-launched COVID-19 relief attempts. The minister said that the government had allocated PKR 7 billion for RRR in FY2019-20, which were later deferred to the fight against the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.
Furthermore, Sarwar confirmed that all the arrangements for the project launch have been completed. Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) – which is responsible for RRR project execution – has already assessed the market value of land required (20,600 kanals) for the construction. Reportedly, the foundation stones for the ring road (both in Islamabad and Rawalpindi) are expected to be laid in the ongoing year.
Additionally, the route of RRR will link Bhara Kahu (Islamabad) and Kallar Sayedan (Rawalpindi) to ease the traffic influx on the main roads of the twin cities that also connect the motorways and the Karakoram Highway (KKH). The project also aims to facilitate the traffic entering Islamabad from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and the Hazara Division.