RAWALPINDI, (Parliament Times): The Director General Rawalpindi Development Authority visited the Ammar Chowk project to review the ongoing development works in Rawalpindi. On this occasion, the project team welcomed the DG RDA and gave a detailed briefing on the project. It was informed that the project has been pending for the last 12 years; now the construction work has been started by the Government of the Punjab with the help of Rawalpindi Development Authority and Station Headquarters Rawalpindi. Currently the development work is in full swing.
In view of the growing population and traffic congestion, the project has undergone some significant changes, including the addition of twin underpasses, undergrounding of H.T and L.T cables and the addition of a new services line and reinforced earth panel. As well as according to the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, steps have also been taken to make the surrounding area clean and green. In the midst of the construction work, great care has been taken to ensure that the people have the least difficulty and do not have to worry about restricted mobility.
On the question of completion of the project, the project team expressed hope that the development work of Ammar Chowk would be completed before the onset of 2022. It was also informed that despite Covid-19 and the harsh current monsoon season the development work is going on 24/7 in three shifts of eight hours without any interruption.
The project team added that several years ago the project was estimated at Rs. 754 million, but due to the recent increase in cost of construction materials, technical and design changes, up-gradation of various components and inclusion of additional work, the cost of the project will now be Rs. 1307 million. The DG RDA appreciated the speed and quality of work and thanked the Station Headquarters Rawalpindi, the Chaklala Cantt Board and FWO for their full cooperation and support in moving this important project in the right direction and is nearing completion in a record short period of seven months.
He mentioned that the tireless efforts of President Chaklala Cantonment Board Brig. Ejaz Qamar Kiyani played a vital role in the cooperation of all the staff of the project and bonding of concerned service agencies like PTCL, IESCO, SNGPL etc. who also encouraged them at every step. The current Station Headquarters Rawalpindi is assisting the RDA in matters pertains to the Kacheri Chowk project and it is likely that the project will be started very soon.