Islamabad expressway: Karal interchange construction project

Islamabad expressway: Karal interchange construction project

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Mayor of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (MCI) Sheikh Ansar Aziz Monday directed officials of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to complete construction of Karal interchange on Islamabad expressway by December this year.

The mayor, who is also chairman of CDA, visited Karal Chowk and inspected ongoing development work on different sections of under construction interchange.

Member Engineering, Member Planning and Design and senior officers of CDA and Metropolitan Corporation also accompanied him.

The mayor further directed the officials to ensure quality of construction without any compromise.

He said Expressway Signal Free Corridor was of immense importance, which on completion would not only ease the traffic entering the capital from different districts of Punjab via Grand Trunk Road but would also facilitate the settlements along the expressway.

The mayor said a comprehensive phased plan was being implemented to upgrade road infrastructure and cater to future needs.

He said after completion of I-8 interchange, development work had been accelerated on Karal interchange.

He also directed the Member Engineering to review the progress regularly and submit a report on weekly basis. During construction work safety of the cars and passengers must be ensured.

He said availability of funds would be ensured to complete project in time.

Earlier during a briefing, it was told that the construction work on the interchange was initiated on May 9 this year and was due to be completed by next January.

However, pace of the work had been accelerated to complete the project by December.

He was informed that 43 percent construction of the interchange was completed. Construction of two out of three underpasses were completed, while 18 culverts out of 19 culverts were also constructed.

Moreover, 70 per cent work on retention wall and drainage system and 90 per cent work on the concrete road being constructed for heavy traffic was also finished.

The mayor directed the officials to coordinate with Islamabad traffic police to ensure smooth traffic flow.