Thursday, March 25, 2010

Prime Minister Gillani Inaugurates Service Road Project in Islamabad

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday formally inaugurated the widening of the existing seven-kilometre Service Road (West) along Islamabad Expressway to ensure smooth flow of traffic. 

The existing Service Road (West) is 20 feet wide and proving insufficient for the load of traffic passing through this part. The CDA decided to add another four feet of road in addition to eight-foot shoulders on this stretch to help ease the flow of traffic on the expressway. The total project cost is around Rs201.90 million and its scheduled time of completion is June 6, 2010. 

Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said that such steps by the CDA would bring a lot of relief to the people who have to travel through this road up and down daily. It would also take off a lot of traffic load from the Islamabad Expressway, which being the VVIP Route linking the federal capital with the Islamabad International Airport, is restricted for normal flow of traffic because of VVIP movements. 

“This is yet another essential project that the CDA is taking up and in the wake of the fact that recently the authority has accomplished quite a few projects, which were stuck up for a long time, such as the award of possession letters to the people who were allotted plots in Sector D-12 back in 1988 as well as the balloting of the remaining plots in Sector I-16, in addition to a number of other public welfare project initiated by the CDA, which are near completion now,” the prime minister said. 

“I am pleased with the efforts being made by the CDA for the comfort and relief of the residents of not only those living in developed sectors of the federal capital but the ones inhibiting the rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory, especially in Zone-IV. The water supply project besides many other being launched by the authority are appreciable steps,” he said. He urged the CDA chairman to re-visit the master plan and make necessary amendments to make the city more beautiful and provide a maximum of sporting, entertainment and cultural attractions for the residents of the federal capital as well as those visiting this beautiful city. 

Earlier, CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi briefed the prime minister on the project being undertaken to ease the flow of traffic on Islamabad Expressway through construction of the Service Road. He also mentioned completion of a number of other projects recently carried out by the CDA. 

Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Leader of the House in the Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information Technology Sardar Lateef Khosa, a number of MPs and CDA board members and officials attended the function.

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