LAHORE - The Lahore Development Authority is going to start construction of 5.8km long Expressway on GT Road. The project will be executed on Build-Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.

Starting from current location of Ravi River Toll Plaza, the project will be ended at Rachna Town near Kala Shah Kaku. After the Imamia Colony Railway Crossing, the GT Road Expressway shall be a grade-separated and access-controlled highway.

The project shall entail a 3+3 car lanes and a 2-lane dedicated Metro Bus corridor placed on embankment retained by RCC retaining walls, a 2-lane service road on both sides, two flyovers including one at Shahdara Mor and the other one on Railway Line at Imamia Colony, one underpass at Shahdara Mor to cater for Jaranwala – Lahore traffic movement, an at-grade roundabout at Shahdara Mor, construction of four new bus stations (including a terminal point) and remodeling of one existing bus station.

A spokesman for LDA said that the project will be executed under Public Private Partnership mode under the Punjab Public Private Partnership Act 2014. In this regard LDA extended date for submission of bids up to June 15, 2015 and under this arrangement, the private partner shall be required to design, engineer, finance, construct, maintain and operate the Expressway for a period of 25 years in exchange for a concession to exclusively collect tolls on the Expressway.

He said interested local and foreign parties of strong financial standing that have the capability to bring together necessary skills and resources have been invited to submit bids through a single-stage three-envelope process.

Meanwhile, Lahore Development Authority Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has posted Ms Benish Fatima Sahi (PAS/BS-18) as Team Leader for the project titled ‘Development and Implementation of Integrated Computrized System for LDA’.

Additional Director General (HQ) Lahore Development Authority MS. Amina Munir has ordered for mutual transfer of two Assistant Directors (General Cadre) Umer Hameed Khan and Muhammad Shah Jamal working in the Directorates of Estate Management I and II respectively.