Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority CDA is making all-out efforts to
start the construction work on the much-needed Bhara Kahu Bypass Project as
directed by PM Shahbaz Sharif. The topographic survey of the road is already in
progress. The newly appointed Chairman of the CDA Capt Muhammad Usman
after a meeting in the PM office on Friday personally visited the site of the
project and took the project on top priority. The topographic survey, the CDA
sources said, would be completed in a few days after which the engineering
design would be completed before the finalization of the PC-1.
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An official of the CDA told, “Since the prime minister is directly monitoring and
the chairman is fully focusing on the project, hopefully, all the prerequisite
formalities will be completed in a week or so. We have already engaged
Frontier Work Organization (FWO) and it is expected that the formal
construction work will be started during the second week of September”. The
sources said that the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has already been
engaged and once the project starts in the second week of September, the
work would be completed in four months as directed by PM Shahbaz Sharif.
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As per the new working of the CDA, the Bypass would be 5 kilometers which
includes a one-kilometer flyover and two interchanges at the start and end
points. The bypass would start near Quaid-e Azam University and will end up at
Jugi Stop via Kiani Road and Friday Bazar. The CDA sources told that the final
cost would be finalized in PC-1 however the cost would be more than 5 billion.
The CDA official added, “We have made our mind; the five-km project will have
a four-km road and a one-km flyover. But, yes, we are also checking the option
of expansion of the roads but ultimately we will have to go for the flyover”. It is
to be mentioned here that the former PM Imran Khan had laid the foundation
stone of the bypass last year but the work couldn’t be started.