Islamabad: According to officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), clearing and grubbing operations have already begun along the project’s seven-kilometer stretch of the Expressway from PWD to Grand Trunk (G.T.) Road.
The contractor, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), will begin construction work to enlarge the congested artery after the clearing and grubbing, which is anticipated to be finished in two weeks.
The CDA board approved the FWO’s offer to widen the two-lane section of the Expressway, which spans seven kilometres, to four lanes in July of this year for around Rs11 billion. The Bindar bridge, the underpass on the Japan Road, and the enlargement of the Sohan bridge are also included in this project. The project’s PC-I predicts that it will be finished in 18 months.
According to sources, the CDA gave the contractor a commencement letter in September of this year, which was the primary paperwork to launch the project. Before beginning the initial construction, the contractor mobilised its equipment and established a camp office at the site.
According to them, cleaning on both sides of the expressway began two weeks ago and would probably be finished in the following two weeks.
According to the officials, the CDA administration had requested that the contractor finish the road extension project within six months and that construction on the Sohan bridge and the Bindar Bridge may begin following the road expansion.
It is pertinent to state that one of the principal thoroughfares in the federal capital, the Expressway carries both moderate and heavy traffic, especially between Islamabad and Lahore.