LAHORE: Feasibility reports prepared for Ring Road project

* Second phase will stretch from Ferozepur Road Interchange to Raiwind Road to Shahpur Interchange and links to Sagian Interchange
* Lahore Road Rehabilitation Programme Phase-II Steering Committee chairman says work has been sped up

By Mansab Dogar

The Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Agency (TEPA) and the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) (Pvt) Limited have prepared feasibility reports to link several inter-city roads with the Lahore Ring Road. Sources said that this plan would link almost all major roads in the southern part of the city to Raiwind Road.

According to the reports, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road will be linked to the Ring Road through the Ferozepur Road and the Multan Road. This road will connect with the Ring Road at Kamahan Village Package 17, passing through the Ferozepur Road. It will connect with the Multan Road through Wahdat Road near Allama Iqbal Town Karim Block and connect with Raiwind Road at Thokar Niaz Baig. A two-kilometre (km) long, 36-feet wide dual carriageway will be constructed from Shah Di Khui to Karim Block, which will pass through the Punjab University.

Sources said that the College Road would be connected to the Ring Road through Raiwind Road, adding that it would start at Township Akbar Chowk and run along the drain to the Southern bypass and then run through Khyaban-e-Ameen and Lake City before connecting to Raiwind Road. Sources said that the Southern Bypass would also connect to the Ferozepur Road, adding that the construction up to the College Road has been completed. They said that it would run through Nishtar Colony before connecting to the Ferozpur Road.

On October 20, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had directed all departments concerned to expedite work on the proposals so work on the Ring Road Phase-II could be initiated by January 2009. He had said that Phase-II would be completed within two years. Under the revised plan that was 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 the Harikey Road. Around 13 interchanges and flyovers were to be built under the plan. The first phase extends over 43 kilometres, from Saggian to Niazi Chowk to Mehmood Booti to Daroghay Wala to Lakhu Dar to GT Road to Harbanspura to Cantt to Burki Road to Airport Road to Bedian Road to Khaira Distributary near Chungi Amarsadhu on Ferozpur Road.

Second phase: The second phase stretches from the Ferozepur Road Interchange to Raiwind Road to Shahpur Interchange and then links to the Sagian Interchange.

General (r) Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the six-lane Lahore Ring Road Project on November 22, 2004 by initiating construction work at the Babu Sabu interchange. The Ring Road project was finalised in 1997 when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister. However, the project could not be initiated due to lack of funds. In 2003, Musharraf directed the Punjab government to implement the project after he had inspected the Forman Christian (FC) College and The Mall underpasses in 2003.

Speed up: Lahore Road Rehabilitation Programme Phase-II Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan said that the construction speed had been initially slow, adding that it had sped up now due to the chief minister’s orders. He said that the delay in the construction had increased the project’s cost.\12\08\story_8-12-2008_pg7_30

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