The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is preparing a proposal for construction of a tunnel between Parliament House and Parliamentary Lodges, CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari said on Monday. Lashari said that National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain had directed the authority to prepare a feasibility report on the project. “The authority is working on the proposal and the proposal may be submitted to the speaker by the end of this year,” he said.
The idea was first presented in 1997 when the cost was estimated at around Rs 88 million, another CDA official said, adding that a tunnel has not been included in proposed projects for the current fiscal year, but it may be started on a priority basis if the decision is taken. The official said that the cost of a tunnel project would be much higher than that estimated in 1997. A tunnel will provide an underground road link between the Parliament House and Parliamentary Lodges, where the number of residing parliamentarians will increase after construction of an additional 100 lodges. The CDA has approved the PC-1 of the proposed additional lodges and is due to start construction work soon, the official said. The official said that a tunnel would ease problems currently experienced as parliamentarians and other visitors have to wait in queues outside the parliament and occasionally traffic jams are also caused on Constitution Avenue.
Defence Day to be celebrated with traditional zeal: Defence Day of Pakistan will be celebrated on September 6 with traditional spirit, zeal and solemnity throughout the country to pay homage to the brave, who rendered supreme sacrifices in defending Pakistan during the war of September 1965. The day will start with special prayers at Fajar in mosques for solemnity and prosperity of the country. Defence Day messages from the services chiefs will be read in all the unit darbars and formation headquarters. Hial-e-Istaqlal will be hoisted in Sialkot, Sargodha and Lahore, the cities directly targeted by the enemy. Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the graves and monuments of Nishan-e-Haider recipients, the highest military award of the country. Military exhibitions will be held at all the major garrisons of the country. A military exhibition will also be held at Rawalpindi Race Course Ground, which will be open for the general public. Special events like para jumping, musical rides, trick rides, motor gliding, motorcycle ride and tent pegging will be held. Various stalls have also been organised where defence equipment like tanks, helicopters and arms will be displayed for the general publics. For the people”s convenience, elaborate traffic arrangements have been made and sign posting and point men have been placed to guide the guests. All vehicles bearing white stickers coming from the direction of Sadder and Peshawar will follow the white route and converge onto Qasim market Chowk on the Mall Road. These vehicles will use the main gate of Rawalpindi Polo Club to enter their car park.
The army officers of the rank of brigadier and below, families of martyrs and students who have been issued blue stickers will follow the blue route and converge onto Race Course Road and enter the car parking. All civilians and general public bearing red stickers approaching from the direction of Saddar or Peshawar will follow the red route and converge onto Akram Raja Chowk on The Mall and turn onto Akram Raja Road. People desirous of visiting the stalls established on the occasion approaching from direction of Peshawar and Saddar will converge onto Race Course Road, Mall T Cross and turn onto Race Course Park. For the smooth running of traffic, people have been requested to cooperate with the traffic staff and adhere to the traffic route.
Source: Daily Times