CM inaugurates Kalma Chowk Flyover
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of flyover project at Kalma Chowk costing more than Rs 2.3 billion.
The flyover, which will be the best of the country, will be completed by August 14. Two flyovers of three-lane each will also be constructed on both sides of Ferozepur Road, which will not only rid the people of traffic problems at Kalma Chowk, but also streamline the flow of traffic at Main Boulevard and Ferozepur Road. In the first phase, flyovers will be constructed at Kalma Chowk while in the second phase underpasses will be built. Members National and Provincial assemblies, Commissioner Lahore, Director General LDA, Sector Incharge National Logistics Cell and senior officers of NESPAK were also present.
Addressing a briefing meeting at the foundation stone laying of Kalma Chowk flyover project, the CM said the Punjab government was implementing a comprehensive programme of infrastructure development, and a network of flyovers and roads was being laid in the province. He said the projects executed in his last tenure were also unparalleled with regard to their standard and transparency and Lahore-Kasur Raod, Ring Road, Shalimar Interchange, Shaukat Ali Road and other development projects implemented during his current period were also comparable with any international project.
He said transparent utilisation of every penny of public money was being ensured and third-party audit system was being strictly implemented in the execution of development schemes.
“Horticulture is also being promoted for the beautification of development projects first time in the history of the province and special funds are being allocated for this purpose,” he added, while giving directions that all out steps should be taken for the completion of Kalma Chowk flyover project by August 14 so that better communication facilities could be made available to the people as early as possible. “Construction of flyovers and underpasses in this important part of the city will result in provision of better communication facilities as well as save the time of citizens, students and patients,” he added.
He warned that no compromise would be made on the standard of the project.
Earlier, Secretary Communication and Works Department Major (r) Azam Suleman, while giving a detailed briefing about the project, informed the six-lane flyover at Ferozepur Road was expected to cost Rs 2.3 billion, and flyover would be 660 meter long and average speed of vehicles would be 60km per hour.
“The construction work will be undertaken round the clock for its early completion.
Later, the CM unveiled the inaugural plaque and pressed the button to start the construction work.