Islamabad: The offer submitted by Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the extension of the expressway from PWD to Grand Trunk (G.T.) Road was accepted by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) board on Monday.
The CDA board, which convened in this location and was presided over by CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, reviewed a number of topics, including the FWO’s estimated Rs11 billion offer to widen Sohan Bridge and add two more lanes to 7 kilometres of the expressway. Most board members, according to sources, attended the meeting online.
Once it begins, the expansion project will be finished in 18 months. Recently, the CDA board approved the civic organisation’s request to carry out the project through a government contractor in accordance with PPRA Rule 42(F), which permits government-owned organisations to directly contract with other state-owned entities.
Government contract bids have been requested by CDA. National Logistics Cell (NLC) and FWO both took part in the process, with NLC providing a quote of Rs. 11.7 billion and FWO providing a quote of Rs. 10.9 billion. As a result of FWO’s lower bid than NLC’s, CDA accepted it.
The civic agency had already constructed a number of interchanges on the expressway and made other interventions to maintain a smooth flow of traffic, but they had not been very effective, according to CDA officials. They said that the only way to alleviate the ongoing traffic problem was to widen the busy road until G.T. Road.
The Faisal Mosque-to-Koral and PWD-stop stretch of road has already been widened. However, the route narrows down to two lanes after PWD, which causes traffic to suddenly become backed up.
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