RAWALPINDI: In the fiscal year 2023–2024, the Punjab government would give Rs. 8 billion to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) for the development of 22–km signal-free corridor from Ammar Chowk Rawalpindi to the motorway. According to a top RDA official, the district and garrison administrations decided to build the signal-free corridor to speed up access to the motorway and Islamabad International Airport (IIA).
The RDA originally intended to build a signal-free route from Koral Chowk to the Motorway Chowk through the Peshawar Road route, but it later altered its mind. The corridor's starting point is now Ammar Chowk. He stated that following the completion of a feasibility assessment, the Punjab government would provide Rs. 8 billion to the project. The completion of the project would reduce the traveling time from one hour to just 20 minutes. The General Headquarters (GHQ) Chowk, General Post Office Chowk, and Military Hospital Chowk would all have underpasses built in front of them, according to the initial proposal. At Qasim Market and Ammar Chowk, a flyover will be built.
Another senior official said an additional flyover will be constructed at Ammar Chowk after getting clearance from the garrison authorities. He said earlier a flyover was added to the Ammar Chowk Remodeling project but later the proposal was dropped. The DG RDA said the project would provide an opportunity for travelers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi to reach the IIA via the motorway without wasting time.