Rawalpindi: The Punjab government recently announced its decision to link the Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) project and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route. In a related development, the RRR consultant is expected to present the feasibility report on May 15 (Friday).
To this effect, the National Highway Authority (NHA) will construct the eight-kilometre-long patch of the RRR project – connecting it with the CPEC Route and the M1 Motorway. The remaining part of the project will be completed on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
An official of the divisional administration revealed that the project’s preliminary report had undergone a few changes and will be presented to the Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA) during its board meeting – scheduled for next week.
Previously, the provincial government had temporarily suspended the LRRA from taking over the project because of several amendments introduced in the LRRA Act. After the RRR consultant presents the feasibility report, the project will go the Punjab Planning & Development Board for final approval and allocation of funds for next financial year.
The official stated that the land revenue department was currently surveying the area to identify the government-owned and private land to begin the land acquisition process for the project. He added that the provincial government would pay for the built-up properties and agriculture land. Meanwhile, the commissioner has directed to save the agriculture land during the project’s construction, the official said.