Mayor directs for partial opening of Sohan Interchange

Rawalpindi – Mayor of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority Sheikh Anser Aziz directed concerned formations to partially open Sohan Interchange for traffic from January 01, 2018 to facilitate commuters on Islamabad Expressway’s signal-free corridor.

Sheikh Anser issued these directions while reviewing progress on the ongoing development works on Sohan Interchange on Saturday. On this occasion, Member Engineering Asad Mehboob Kiyani, officers of concerned formations and project director of Sohan and Khanna interchanges, Mumtaz Hussain, were also present.

The chairman CDA said that the signal-free corridor was one of the most important projects of the federal capital, adding that the development work remained slow because of the Faizabad sit in last month and the VVIP movements. He instructed for around-the-clock work on the project in three shifts. Accordingly, additional manpower and machinery be deployed to complete the work within the stipulated time, he said.

He also visited Khanna Interchange and inspected the ongoing development activities. He directed for ensuring installation of electric poles. He also directed the CDA environment wing for beautiful landscaping and tree plantation on both sides of the interchange and completing the work before completion of the interchange.  The mayor also directed concerned formation for construction of concrete fence or barriers around the graveyards to stop illegal expansion. Furthermore, he also instructed for establishing a park like Katchnar Park and beautiful landscaping so that the people from adjoining areas could visit and participate in healthy activities.

He directed for early completion of development work on the project so that the commuters could enjoy the best facilities of the signal-free corridor from Zero Point to Koral Interchange. He said that the work on Koral Interchange had already been completed; adding that with completion of both the interchanges, the busiest part of the Islamabad Expressway would be signal free for the public.

He said that being part of the Islamabad Expressway signal-free corridor, the CDA had also chalked out plan for commencement of work from Koral Interchange to Rawat in the next phase. He said that the signal-free corridor was a great gift for the people by the present government. He said that the project would serve the people coming from other parts of the country as well.

On this occasion, Sheikh Anser was briefed in detail by the Project Director Mumtaz Hussain about the ongoing development works. The project director apprised the mayor that the estimated cost on both the interchanges was Rs2 billion. He was informed that three lanes each carriageway flyover bridge had been constructed on Sohan Interchange with two loops, two link roads and ten culverts.

Construction of Service Road (East) and Service Road (West) along the interchange is also part of the project, the mayor was told. He was also informed that work on installation of electric poles on the interchange was in progress. As many as 80 poles had been installed while 250 poles were available on site for installation.

The project director informed the mayor that a flyover bridge with a six-lane carriageway bridge was under construction and the girders had already been built for Khanna Interchange. Furthermore, earth work on four loops, four link roads and Service Road (East and West) was near completion, he was briefed. The mayor was informed that two underpasses at Service Road (East and West) were being constructed to ease the heavy flow of traffic on expressway.

Sheikh Anser directed the concerned formations for lane marking work and fixation of signboards for guidance of the commuters on roads. He also directed the Engineering and Environment wings for mutual coordination while working on the project to avoid any inconvenience in the development work. He also directed the project director for submission of progress report on daily basis.


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