Islamabad new metro project has now reached its final stage and it is expected that the project will complete by April 2018. The deadline for the construction of 25.6 km Peshawar More-New Islamabad Airport was set many times, previously and was not met. Now finally the work is rapidly going on in the project and as anticipated the new metro project will be fully ready by April.
Kashif Zaman National Highway Authority (NHA) spokesman said that the bridges of Package I and IV are completely finished while bridges of Package- II and III are 80% completed. As for the underpasses, all of them are completed except for the Package-III underpass which is completed by 92%. He informed that the culverts of the projects are constructed.
It is pertinent to mention here that the project was subdivided into four packages to make sure they are completed in a timely manner.
- Package I from Peshawar More to NUST- Length 8 km, Cost Rs 6.58 billion
- Package II from NUST to GT Road – Length 3.8 km, Cost Rs 5.5 billion
- Package III from G T Road to Motorway Interchange – Length 8.3 km, Cost Rs 1.38 billion
- Package IV from Motorway Interchange to New airport – Length 5.5 km, Cost Rs 1.63 billion.
Previously an official said, “The reduction in the construction cost of this project will make it one of the cheapest Metro projects in the country.”
Adding, “The project has already been delayed by three months mainly due to unexpected heavy showers and in finding a proper solution for protecting old sewerage and water pipes passing under Golra Mor and the National Highway Authority (NHA) took up the case with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Though the project was inaugurated in May this year, work on the project started with a delay from its scheduled date, therefore it was impossible to meet the deadline announced by the former prime minister (Nawaz Sharif).”