Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) spokesperson Hafiz Irfan has said that the authority would start the remodeling of the Rs 5 billion Rawalpindi Kucherry Chowk Project very soon. The feasibility report of the project has already been finalized. The spokesperson informed that the provincial government has already approved the project with an estimated cost of Rs 5 billion and the work on shifting utility services including gas, electricity, and the telephone would be started urgently. The main square, the spokesman told, would be signal free coupled with a flyover and three underpasses.
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The PC-1 of the project was approved last year and the RDA was waiting for the completion of Ammar Chowk project so that the smooth flow of traffic could be ensured. The civic body had requested the government to first start Kutchery Chowk and then take up Defence Chowk remodeling and transfer the money allocated for Defence Chowk to Kutchery Chowk project as it was more important and essential to overcome the congestion of traffic in the main city area. The Kucherry chowk is among the busiest squares of the city as the congestion of traffic at Kucheri Chowk seriously hampers the everyday activities of the daily commuters of the twin cities.
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It is relevant to mention here that Rawalpindi is one of the major cities of Pakistan. After the shifting of the capital city from Karachi to Islamabad, the population of the city has increased manifold. There has been a mushrooming growth of housing societies and construction activities in the area which has also created traffic issues in the city. Over the past few years the Rawalpindi Development Authority has taken up some mega projects like the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project, Leh Expressway Project, Ammar Chowk Project, and Defense Chowk Project to name a few. If these projects are completed in time the woes and worries of the residents of Rawalpindi would be minimized to a great extent.