Divisional Commissioner Noor ul Amin Mengal said on Tuesday that a proposal has been formulated to make the Rawalpindi section of Peshawar Road, from Koral Chowk to Motorway Chowk, signal-free and efforts are being carried out to make this project a part of the Annual Development Programme 2022-23.
Mr.Amin said this during a meeting organized to review the recommended project. The meeting was also attended by the director of development and planning and concerned officers of the Punjab Highway Department.
The commissioner further informed the meeting that the project costs Rs 10 billion and the construction of one flyover and four underpasses are also included in it. “The flyover will be constructed at Ammar Chowk, and four underpasses at GPO Chowk, GHQ Chowk, Qasim Market, and Military Hospital Chowk,” he stated.
The divisional commissioner mentioned that the master plan and design of the project have been chalked out and it will substantially lessen the travel time between Koral Chowk and Motorway Chowk from one hour to 10 minutes.
“The PC-1 of the project has been submitted to the chairman of the Planning and Development Board, Lahore,” he said, continuing that the government is also looking forward to initiating a bus route on this signal-free corridor that will be a reasonable means of transportation.
Moreover, he maintained that this development has been planned in the public interest as Peshawar Road is a major road in the metropolitan and a huge number of people travel on it on a daily basis which is a major cause of traffic congestion.
He expressed hope that if this project is approved, it will be greatly beneficial in resolving traffic woes in the city.
Last year, the Srinagar (Kashmir) Highway had been made signal free. The Islamabad Traffic Police made the proposal to the district administration and Capital Development Authority in this regard.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner praised the suggestion of the Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) and issued directions for immediate implementation on it. According to the proposal, Srinagar Highway was made signal-free by giving three protective U-turns which link Islamabad and the twin city with the Islamabad International Airport.