ISLAMABAD: To discuss the cracks that have appeared in the recently built Margalla Road, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called Noorul Amin Mengal, the chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Noor Alam Khan, the PAC Chairman, has termed this a serious issue and demanded that payments be suspended right once to the contractors, including the National Logistics Cell (NLC) and the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO). The issue of Margallah Road was highlighted after addressing the Ministry of Industries and Production audit report at the Parliament Building.
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Although not formally opened, the Margalla Road is now open for traffic. However, near the Shah Allah Ditta, cracks have appeared on both sides of the road, raising concerns about the quality of the construction work. Syed Munawar Shah, a member of the CDA's engineering committee, argued that the road was still unfinished and that it is common for newly constructed roads to have fractures.
Through the NLC, the CDA is carrying out the project, which has an estimated cost of Rs 3.9 billion and an anticipated completion date of six months. Additionally, the chairman of CDA has been urged to provide an explanation for the rise in encroachments throughout the federal capital, particularly in markets. The committee has also expressed displeasure over seating arrangements in front of eateries that are removed one day but then reappear on pavements a few days later, obstructing public access areas.