Rawalpindi Ring Road: Budget Revision and Construction Progress
The Rawalpindi Circular Highway stands out as one of the most coveted and frequently discussed infrastructure undertakings within the twin cities. This ambitious project holds ties with numerous housing schemes and communities, reaping benefits in terms of both accessibility and market value. However, a recent development has thrust the PC-1 of the Rawalpindi Circular Highway back into the revision phase, primarily attributed to budgetary constraints. The evolution of this project is set for another re-evaluation, driven by a significant surge in construction material costs, subsequently leading to unwelcome delays in its advancement. This newsworthy update has been disseminated across various print media outlets.
As per the details furnished in this report, the initial cost earmarked for the realization of the Rawalpindi Circular Highway was approximated at PKR 27 billion. However, the current estimate surpasses PKR 31 billion, evoking concern amongst relevant authorities. A convened assembly congregated participants from the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatta, spearheading the discussion. Key representatives from the Rawalpindi Development Administration, RDA, and Frontier Works Organization (FWO) were also in attendance.
The focal point of the meeting was singular: to discern the escalation in costs pertaining to construction materials such as concrete, cement, iron, petrol, and related resources, witnessed over the past few months. The collective consensus, comprising all attendees and the Commissioner himself, gravitated towards a cost revision for this colossal endeavor.
In addition, deliberations encompassed the acquisition of land, a vital facet addressed by RDA officials. The development of the 38.8-kilometer Circular Highway project necessitates an expanse of approximately 9000 Kanal. Earmarking about 70% of this area became imperative. Furthermore, the project’s trajectory intersects nearly 36 rural enclaves, spanning across regions like Gujar Khan and various parts of the Rawalpindi District. While the survey continues to unfold, demarcations of land parcels are currently underway.
Subsequent to the discourse, Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatta, also vested with the role of overseeing the Rawalpindi Circular Highway project, propounded the notion of revisiting the project’s PC-1. This revision aims to submit an optimal budget proposal to the governmental authorities for requisite endorsement.
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