LAHORE - The Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) will construct a flyover at the cost of Rs 900 million on Shami Road. It will not only improve traffic flow in the Cantonment and Defence localities but also provide an alternate route to the Lahore Airport. One-kilometer-long flyover will be built from Hussain Chowk to Hamdani Chowk on Shami Road linking Liberty Chowk to the Airport Road at Bhatta Chowk and with the Kheera Distributary on the Ring Road passing through Baidian Road. The flyover will lessen the load of traffic on the Jinnah Flyover. It will also ease the flow of traffic on the Qarshi Lane from Centre Point to Firdous Market, as well as the Cavalry Ground area leading to Defence Chowk on Walton Road. Under master plan 1990, TEPA was assigned the task and PC-1 of the project is being prepared. The construction is likely to be started in April and expected to be completed by December 2009. The Punjab Government has assigned the design preparation to NESPAK, which will complete the job by the end of 2008. The flyover will start from a point near a coffee shop on Mehmood Ali Kasuri Road and will pass over the Railway Line and the adjacent localities and will end on the Shami Road at Hamdani Chowk. TEPA Chief Engineer Khushhal Khan termed the flyover a mega development project that would go a long way in streamlining the flow of traffic. He said presently most of the people, coming from and going to the airport, use The Mall for the purpose. As such construction of the flyover will also decrease the traffic load on The Mall. The people will prefer using the new route. "During the construction of the flyover, the Defence and Cantonment traffic will be turned one-way. The Jinnah Flyover will be used to leave Defence and the Hussain Chowk," he added. "Flyovers and underpasses are not only constructed to ease the traffic load but also to give modern look to the city. They also shorten the distance besides making the traveling enjoyable," he concluded.