RAWALPINDI – The groundbreaking ceremony of 6th Road

Flyover project would be held on September 9 and the construction work of the project would be started right after.

All traffic signals on Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandani Chowk to Cricket Stadium Road would remain closed for 120 days, which is completion period of the project, while the traffic load of the busiest road of the town would be diverted on other roads under a comprehensive traffic plan, which had been chalked out by the City Traffic Police Rawalpindi.

The citizens have also been urged to cooperate with the departments concerned and the traffic police staff so that the project could be completed smoothly and efficiently within prescribed time frame.

This was decided in a meeting held here under the chairmanship of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar in his office. The meeting was attended by Member National Assembly (MNA), Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Superintendent Engineering (SE), Punjab Highways, Farhat Munir, City Traffic Officer (CTO), Syed Ishtiaq Shah, ADC (G) Saif Anwar Jappah, SP Rawal Town Ch Muhammad Hanif and the officers of contractor company NLC, among others.

CTO, Syed Ishtiaq Shah and SE Punjab Highways Farhat Munir briefed the meeting about the traffic plan and the details of the project.

The traffic plan was approved in the meeting that traffic of Saddar to Faizabad would be diverted on other roads mainly to Chandani Chowk, National Market, Saidpur Road, IJP Road and Double road. 

Similarly, the traffic coming from Faizabad to Saddar would be diverted to Farooq-e-Azam Road, Kurri Road, Gaiy Wala Chowk and Chandani Chowk, Murree Road.

It was also decided that traffic police and Punjab highways would jointly prepare direction boards, no parking boards and direction banners that would be placed on both sides of Murree road for the guidance of commuters.

TMA Rawal Town staff would remove encroachments from Saidpur Road and Kurri Road, Sadiqabad while the fork lifters of traffic police would lift parked vehicles on these roads and no vehicle would be allowed to park their vehicles on these roads.

This exercise would be carried out for three months, which is the stipulated period for the completion of the project. It was also decided that the project of Pirwadhai underpass and expansion of Chur Chowk road would also be started soon after the completion of 6th road flyover.     

MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed informed the meeting that Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, has approved record funds amounting to Rs 1.78 billion for the development of Cantonment Board areas.

The completion of the project would help minimise the traffic problems on Peshawar Road and fulfilment of longstanding demands of the residents of Cantonment Board areas. He further informed that he had carried out record development projects in Cantonment Board areas in his constituency during last four years.

The pace of development work would also be continued in future, he added.