RAWALPINDI - The motorists, traders, students, office goers and common people have been facing myriads of problems due to slow pace of construction work on 6th Road Flyover and adjacent service roads.

A survey conducted by TheNation on Tuesday revealed that pace of work on the construction of flyover and its services roads was very slow, causing great inconvenience to citizens. The officials concerned also seem in no mood to complete the work till December 25, 2012, the deadline set by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif during a public gathering at Rawalpindi some days ago.

Owing to slow pace of work, a gigantic traffic jam triggers on Benazir Bhutto Road (BBR) and its adjoining roads daily, causing immense troubles for commuters and pedestrians. The traders also complained of running their businesses on loss because of delay in construction work of flyover and dilapidated service roads.

Muhammad Saleem, a car showroom owner, said that workers of construction company have not been working properly as most of them could be seen taking rest during duty hours. He said that high-ups of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and other PML-N legislators did not bother to visit the site to check the work pace.

The engineering staff has left the site after carrying out digging work in front of showrooms. A showroom owner said that condition of service roads was very bad as rainwater gushed out there, making difficult the customers to reach showrooms. He appealed to the CM to take notice of slow pace of work of flyover project.

A hotel owner Wasif Chaudhry was of view that though a large number of workers were employed during construction of flyover, only a few workers were busy building service roads and the flyover.

 He said that before the start of construction work, daily sale of his hotel was around Rs 15,000 to 20,000. But, it has been reduced to paltry Rs 2,000 to Rs3,000 after the start of the project.

Muhammad Nazir, another shopkeeper, said project had almost ruined the businesses of traders. “Though construction of such mega projects was need of the hour, no one can understand the difficulties we are facing here,” he added.

“I daily get late from my university because of traffic jam caused by construction work of flyover,” said Nazia Jabeen, a university student. She said that government should order earlier completion of flyover and service roads so that the people could be facilitated.

A van driver, Sharif, called the construction work detrimental to transporters as worst traffic mess could be seen at the place in peak hours. He appealed to the CM to look into the issue and order accordingly.

Muhammad Sajid, Shahban Ali, Waqas Khan, Jabbar Ahmed and many other locals said they have been suffering from different diseases due to allergy caused by dust and pollution.

“Most of the people use roads instead of flyovers. So officials should complete service roads on a priority basis to overcome diseases and business losses,” they added.

No one from CDGR or NLC was available for his comments over slow pace of work of flyover and its service roads.