islamabad-Business community of the capital city on Monday urged government for constructing a ring road or bypass for Rawalpindi and Islamabad to overcome the traffic issues affecting the business activities.

In a statement, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Amir Waheed called upon the government to arrange urgent construction of a ring road or bypass as due to absence of a ring road, all heavy vehicles passed through the twin cities due to which traffic jams had become almost daily phenomenon in the cities and business activities were also suffering.

He said that during the morning and evening hours, heavy vehicles ply on main highway of twin cities due to which businessmen, workers and students have to great problems in reaching their destinations.

Besides, the heavy traffic is also badly damaging the main highway of the twin cities, he added.

He said that in 1991, a plan was made by the Punjab government to construct a ring road from Channi Sher Alam to Phallian near Chakri Interchange on the motorway, but no progress has been made on the project, he said.

In 2008, a fresh feasibility study was conducted to construct ring road from Channi Sher Alam to Fateh Jhang near New Islamabad Airport. An economic zone was also planned on the ring road and the total cost of the whole project was estimated at Rs74 billion that included construction of 75 kilometre road and economic zone.

Later, the Rawalpindi Development Authority changed the design dropping the establishment of economic zone and reducing length of the road from 75 kilometres to 54 kilometres in order to reduce the cost of the project.

He said that after construction of the ring road, wholesale market of the city was to be shifted to Channi Sher Alam to facilitate traders to transport goods through the ring road to KP, Azad Kashmir and other areas. However, it was unfortunate that despite doing so much work, no headway was made on the project, he lamented.

He said that the Punjab government had excluded this key project from its annual development plan of 2017-18 and asked the RDA to undertake this project, which was not a wise move.

He said that the government should issue funds for the project or construct it on public-private partnership basis so that the business community could get rid of heavy traffic jams.