RAWALPINDI  – A PC-1 for the construction of Mareer Chowk Railway Tunnel at the busiest Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree Road) has been sent to the Works and Housing Department for approval.

The PC-I is prepared by Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). “The PC-I of the project, which will be completed at a cost of Rs 500 million, has been prepared by the RDA consultants, “official sources in the Authority told APP.

The 30-feet long tunnel would be constructed at the Railways Bridge for the traffic coming on the Benazir road from the district courts side and Kashmir road Saddar, the sources said. They expressed the hope that the funds would be allocated in the upcoming budget for the project. They said Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has already given formal approval for construction of the tunnel to ensure smooth flow of traffic at the road.

Commuters have to spend around 10 to 30 minutes time to cross the signal due to heavy traffic especially during the peak hours.

With the completion of the project, a longstanding demand of the citizens would be fulfilled and they will get a sigh of relief as crossing the Mareer Chowk is considered an uphill task in the daytime, the sources said.