PR No. 28 CDWP Approves Significant Road Projects Islamabad: October 4, 2017

Transport and Communications sector plays a significant role in the socio-economic development of the country. An efficient transport system with modern infrastructure is considered an economic factor of production. The most common modes of transportation are: Roads and highways, Railways, Rivers, Canals, Seaports, and Aviation. The communication system plays an important role in cultural development and making knowledge based society. People to people contact through modern communication ways have emerged as a significant tool for awareness of the masses. In Pakistan, the transport system broadly consists of roads, railways, air transport and ports & shipping services. 


In the recent CDWP meeting held at Planning Commission on 19th September, 2017 chaired by Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz, five road projects were approved which includes one position paper. The projects include Construction of a 4 Lane Bridge across River Indus linking Layyah with Taunsa including 2- lane approach roads and Training works (24.272 km) is referred to ECNEC worth Rs. 10.5 Billion. The proposed design of bridge and river training works with allied facilities are based on Hydraulic Model Study carried out in May, 2017 at IRI Lahore.  At present, nearest link between Layyah and Taunsa is through DI khan – Darya Khan Bridge located 88 km upstream and Taunsa Barrage located 52 km downstream of the proposed bridge. Owing to the non-existence of the direct link between layyah and Taunsa cities commuters have to travel 100 kms in two hours. After construction of the proposed bridge, the distance between the two cities will be reduced from 100 kms to approximately 50 km and will require 45 minutes.


In addition, CDWP approved construction of Kot Pindi Das Interchange on Motorway M-2 in District Sheikhupura with a cost of Rs. 595.629 Million. The project envisages construction of interchange on existing flyover of M-2 located at 32 km from Lahore towards Islamabad side to facilitate traffic movements on motorway M-2. Another transport and communication sector project approved was construction of Farooqabad Interchange on Motorway M-2 In District Sheikhupura with a cost of Rs. 861.38 Million. The proposed interchange will facilitate traffic movements to and from Lahore-Islamabad motorway to Farooqabad road by providing loop and ramp arrangements which will ultimately save the travel time and reduce fuel consumption.                        


The project of dualization of Sialkot – Pasrur Road (26.5 KM) got approved with a cost of Rs. 2.99  Billion by CDWP. The project envisages construction of new 2-lane additional carriageway in addition to the improvement, widening and strengthening of the existing 26.5 km Sialkot – Pasrur road. The existing structures / bridges will also be improved as a 4-lane facility. Lastly, CDWP approved a position paper for construction of 4 Lane Bridge and 2 Lane approach Roads across River Indus connecting Kallur Lot with D.I. Khan. The project envisages construction of 1.254 km 4 lane  bridge on Indus River. Rs. 300 Million would be required on the completion of the bridge.