Islamabad Highway to be expanded from Koral to Rawat

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Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board of directors approved the completion of work on the Islamabad Highway’s expansion and restoration from Koral to Rawat on Saturday.

The board approved the project’s execution via a government agreement, with government agencies such as FWO carrying out the work.

Individual interventions have been found to be ineffective until a full-fledged project is undertaken and completed all at once. Now that the year is coming to an end and the CDA budget has already shown a surplus, the chairman of the CDA has approved this long-awaited project that is critical for Islamabad commuters. A Blue Line bus service will be included in the project. The Board approved two separate transportation summaries for transport solutions in Islamabad.

The CDA board has also approved Blue Line and Green Line bus routes, as well as the temporary use of excess buses until the end of the month. Under the Blue Line, CDA provides a comprehensive solution from Koral to PIMS, and under the Green Line, from Bhara Kahu to PIMS. The entire bus network will now be linked, allowing passengers to board from Bhara Kahu and travel to Rawalpindi or the airport.

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Islamabad will be the first city in Pakistan to offer several connectivities connecting all four corners of the city as a result of this effort. This is believed to not only help with traffic and environmental difficulties, but also launch a new trend in public transportation. E in C Branch, the project’s design consultants, gave a presentation on Margalla Road.

Various factors, including the section 4 ending route and the Shah Allah Ditta by pass, were investigated. The Orange Line Metro Station would be built on a government-to-government basis, it was agreed. The general public will be able to purchase 2000 flats at Nelore Heights, which is being built by FWO.

This will create revenue while also helping the city meet its housing demands. There was also talk about an imminent auction. The abandoned sites at Margalla Retreat will be the focus here. This will be available to the general public. The CDA board also determined that CDA might develop some plots in the area on its own.According to a news report published on May 12, Sindh Minister for Information, Transport, and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon said that 49 buses for the Orange Line BRT and the Intra-District Peoples Bus Service have arrived in Karachi.

The remaining buses, according to the transport minister, are on their way and will arrive in the country in stages over the next month. The transport minister met with Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited (SIDCL) to discuss buses for the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit, according to details (BRT). He said the buses would arrive at Karachi port on Wednesday (May 11) and would be moved to the depot a week later.

Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, has reportedly asked the Karachi Mass Transit Authority (KMTA) to complete the remaining work on the Orange Line BRT project by the end of May. The CM hopes to get the bus service up and running by June 1st. He presided over a review meeting at which the transportation department briefed him on the bus service’s progress. He was told that 95 percent of the 3.8-kilometer project had been completed.

CM Murad has asked Transport Minister Memon to expedite the project’s completion so that it may be run with only 20 vehicles. The minister instructed that the drivers’ training schedule be prepared as soon as possible. He directed that the National Engineering Services Pakistan Consultant install the IT system and monitoring system, as well as place signboards and repair docking rubbers.

The CM was also updated on the status of the Intra-District Peoples Bus Service. He was told that the National Radio and Telecommunications Commission (NRTC) will purchase 250 buses for the bus service, with 240 of them operating on seven routes in Karachi. In Larkana, the remaining buses will run.

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