The Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) construction after so many controversies and problems regarding its root and realization, is on its way to being finally executed as the District Price Assessment Committee (DPAC) in charge has submitted the Land Acquisition Final Report For RRR Project regarding the purchase of land in 28 villages alongside the proposed project route. The Punjab Board of Revenue is expected to give the final approval of land acquisition for the said project in its upcoming meeting.
The government of Punjab has already enforced section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act in the area. The District Price Assessment Committee has recommended the price as between Rs 100,000 to 800,000 per Kanal. The government had already purchased a lot of lands before the previous route was cancelled and the recovery of the previous amount paid to the landowners was strictly directed to the concerned authorities. However only half of the recovery from Landlords and the land mafia was possible till now.
The ECNEC has recently approved Rs 23.6 billion for the construction of the Revised Rawalpindi Ring Road Project. The 38.3-kilometer-long road will start at Baanth (N-5) and culminate at Thalian (M-2). The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) is the executing body of the project. The project is being launched as part of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the Government of Punjab. The Megaproject of Rawalpindi seriously damaged the reputation of the incumbent government when it was revealed that two ministers of the cabinet were involved in deliberately changing the route of the Ring Road whereby securing their personal perks and adding an extra burden of Rs 10 billion on the National exchequer. In the wake of this mega scandal, Federal minister Zulfi Bukhari had to resign and a senior bureaucrat had to remain in prison for months. The Ring Road is now being constructed on its original route.