* College Road to be linked to Ring Road through Raiwind Road
* Project could not be executed earlier because of lack of funds
By Mansab Dogar
LAHORE: The Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) and the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) have prepared several feasibility reports to link various city roads to the proposed Ring Road in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase-II.The road will connect to Multan Road through Wahdat Road near Allama Iqbal Town, Karim Block. A 2-kilometre long, 36-feet wide, dual carriageway would be constructed from Shah Di Khui to Karim Block, passing through the Punjab University (PU).
Link: The sources said that College Road would also be linked to Ring Road through Raiwind Road. Starting from Akbar Chowk, it would run along the drain until it would meet the Southern Bypass. From there, it would run through Khyaban-e-Ameen and Lake City before reaching Raiwind Road.that the bypass, starting from Thokar Niaz Baig, will also be connected to Ferozepur Road. It had already been constructed up to College Road. It will run through Nishtar Colony before connecting to Ferozepur Road. Sources said that College Road would also be linked to Ring Road through Raiwind Road. Shahbaz ordered all departments concerned on October 20 to accelerate the work on the proposals so that work could commence by January. He said that the project would be completed within two years.
Sources said that NESPAK and TEPA have held meetings during the past few days because Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif had ordered that city roads be linked to the Ring Road. According to these reports, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road will be linked to the Ring Road through Ferozepur Road and Multan Road. This road will connect to the Ring Road at Package 17 Kamahan village, passing through Ferozepur Road.
Under the revised plan, prepared in June 2007, the Ring Road was to enter the city from Bund Road at Gulshan-i-Ravi, connecting Samanabad, Camp Jail, Ferozepur Road, Kalma Chowk and Harikey Road. About 13 interchanges and flyovers were to be built under the revised plan. The first phase extends over 43 kilometres, from Sagian to Niazi Chowk; to Mehmood Booti; to Daroghay Wala; to Lakhu Dar; to the GT Road; to Harbanspura; to Cantt; to Burki Road; to Airport Road; to Bedian Road; and to Khaira Distributary near Chungi Amarsadhu on Ferozpur Road.
The second phase stretches from the Ferozepur Road Interchange to Raiwind Road; to the Shahpur Interchange, finally linking Sagian Interchange. According to the original plan, prepared by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), and TEPA in 2000-01, the 78-kilometre road would have been constructed for Rs 20 billion. The army, LDA and TEPA had recommended its alignment in 2002, which was approved by the Punjab governor subsequently, and Rs 500 million were allotted for its launch.
Lack: The feasibility of the Ring Road was finalized in 1997, during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure as the Prime Minister (PM), however, the project was not launched because of the lack of funds. After the construction of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway, bids were invited on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis for the construction of the Rs 17 billion project. The project was delayed when a multinational company, which had showed interest in the project, said it would undertake the project if its previous loans for the motorway were paid. Another delaying factor was the unavailability of foreign assistance after Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998. General (r) Pervez Musharraf had directed the Punjab government to start executing the project when he inspected the FC College and the Mall Road underpasses in 2003.