The construction work on the Pindi Ring road is to start in March as per a project management unit—PMU for supervising the work. The road would be formed within a month.
This was mentioned by the Commissioner Rawalpindi Retd. Capt.—Mohammad Mehmood during a meeting that was held for reviewing the Ring Road, Leh Expressway and Daducha dam projects.
Zeeruk was appointed 3 months back for conducting a feasibility study and for preparing the PC-I of the Ring Road within a span of 6 months. It is a joint project of the Zeeruk and Engineering General Consultant. The government of Punjab has allotted Rs.10 million for the feasibility analysis.
The commissioner asked the Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning to commence the hiring process of the technical officials for the project.
The construction work is anticipated to begin in March when the consultant company would be presenting the PC-I and the government would start the land acquisitions.
The Ring Road would be beginning from the Chani Sher Alam near Rawat and would end at Thalian near the motorway. The road would be 48.5 kilometres long for bypassing the thickly populated localities of the city and the cantonment.
As per a senior official of the RDA, the provincial government had completed the negotiations with the Chinese Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—AIIB for a loan for the making of the Ring Road.
He also said that the procurement land would be the responsibility of the government and the infrastructure would be built from the loan.
He also mentioned that the consultant would also be informing the government about the advantages and disadvantage of the public-private partnership mode of construction.
He indicated that the incumbent government of Punjab was interested in launching the Ring Road and the Leh Expressway projects.