The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would start work on two mega projects of Zero Point Interchange and expansion of Kashmir Highway, which would be first ever five-lane road in the country in the first week of June, this year. The main purposes of expansion of Kashmir Highway is cater for increasing traffic coming from other cities and provide a signal free linkage to Motorway and new international airport near Fateh Jang.

“The two projects costing Rs4.8 billion will be completed in two years,” Director General Works CDA, Abdul Jabbar Malano and Engineering Consultant Colonel (r) Arshad Naseem Qureshi told newsmen here on Monday.

Director Roads Ali Anwar Gopang, Project Directors Mumtaz Hussain and Shahzad Rimmal Jamil were also present. Malano said the design of Zero Point Interchange following vetting by a consultant, had been finalised and five short-listed companies would shortly be asked to submit their financial bids. The authority had already okayed Rs2,273 million (Rs2.27 billion) PC-1 of Zero Point Interchange.

The official said the views and suggestions of consultant Col Iqbal Haq have been incorporated in original design of the interchange. Colonel (r) Arshad who is also closely attached with the project said all aspects of geometry and design of project keeping in view safety and facility of commuters have been taken care of.

The CDA was all set to start development work on the mega project some four months back but it was delayed for want of vetting of design as the original design of project was prepared by Engineering Consultants International who also designed collapsed Sher Shah Bridge in Karachi.

Engineering Consultant Colonel (r) Arshad Naseem has said that proper traffic diversion plan with carpeted roads would be given before start of construction. “The work will be carried out in different stages to avoid disturbance to traffic,” he maintained.

Following consultations and advise from Planning Commission, one of four loops towards national monument has been scratched from the design. However, two more small loops to facilitate traffic of G-7 and G-8 and link traffic between Islamabad Highway and Khyaban-e-Suharwardy would be provided.

DG Works said on expansion, the 11-kilometer long Kashmir Highway from GT Road to Peshawar Mor would be first ever five-lane road in the country. The designed speed of Kashmir Highway costing Rs2,191 million (Rs2.19 billion) would be 120 kilometre and it would have six 6-lane bridges. “The highway will also have provision for mass transit corridor and future expansion,” he said.

The civic body would bear 50% expenses to be incurred on the project while 50% development funds would be provided by the federal government from Public Sector Development Programme.

Engineering Consultant said the CDA would strictly follow aspect of imposition of 10% penalty in case of delay in projects and progress of work would be monitored after every three months. “For the first time, we are also including aspect of reward for contractors if they completed development work before time,” he said.

Source: Pakistan Daily Times