Following government’s disapproval of funds by the federal government for the second phase of the up-gradation and expansion of Islamabad Expressway, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) lost its interest in the project as it has also remained unsuccessful in completing the phase-1 of the project properly.
As per PC-I of the project, the first phase of the expansion of expressway has been attained from zero point to Koral Interchange and made signal-free, however. Khana Interchange, which was part of the initial phase, has not yet been completed.
Work on the Khanna Interchange is still under process but with a slow pace which according to the plans of CDA was to be completed in December 2018.
While the construction work for the highway expansion from Koral to Rawat has been stopped for more than a year owing to the unavailability of funds.
Syed Safdar Ali Shah—the Director Public Relation (DPR) of the CDA said that the work on the Khanna interchange is still in process while the government has not yet given approval for the second phase of the project.
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He said that the second phase of the Koral to Rawat of the G.T. Road would be started soon as the federal government would release funds for this project given under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
It is important to mention that the complete price of the project is 21billion rupees and was to be completed in phases. The project work, from Koral Interchange to G.T. Road which worth Rs10billion, was stopped for more than a year as the government of PTI denied funding it and asked the CDA to complete the project on its own but CDA has got not enough funds to carry on the mega project.
The project of the expansion of Islamabad Expressway to five lanes from zero point to Rawat G.T. Road was started in July 2015.