Around 90% work on the Sixth Road Flyover has been completed and the remaining work would be completed by January 10 by the Punjab Highway Department (PHD), said Superintendent Engineer Farhat Munir here on Friday.
Talking to this correspondent, the PHD official rejected the reports that work on the flyover has been completed fully and would be inaugurated by the Punjab chief minister on December 25. Rather, he informed that work on lighting, slabs and carpeting of the flyover road has to be done.
Replying to a question, Farhat Munir said that the PHD has made 100% payments to Wasa, Iesco and PTCL for carrying out service work.
The work on the project kicked off in September this year after Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone. On his directions, the PHD carried out work on the scheme round the clock but due to non-completion of service work by the concerned bodies work on the project remained incomplete at stipulated time, which is December 25. A total amount of Rs1.5 billion have been spent on the project. After inauguration of flyover, the PHD would initiate work on revamping and reconstruction of service roads on both sides of the flyover between Rehmanabad and Sixth Road. These components of the project would be completed by February 15, the PHD official said.
The official spokesman, Rawalpindi Development Authority-Water and Sewerage Agency (Wasa) Assistant Director (Media) Umar Farooq said that work on reconstruction of service roads on both sides would commence immediately after the inauguration of the flyover, which has been enforced to ease the flow of traffic on Benazir Bhutto Road.
Similarly, work on repair of sewerage pipelines has been initiated on both sides of the service roads. Work on repair of leaking sewerage pipelines would be completed in 20 days. In this connection, Wasa has done digging work at several points. After repairing sewerage pipelines, Wasa would initiate work on the repair of leaking water supply lines.
Meanwhile, motorists and bike-riders have been facing great trouble while travelling on dilapidated service roads between Sixth Road and Rehmanabad due to accumulation of sewage. The poor condition of service roads also cause frequent traffic jams due to alleged improper planning of the PHD, which had not done carpeting work on entire service roads despite hue and cry raised by the residents of Rawalpindi.
Commenting on it, PHD official Farhat Munir said that it was not possible to improve the condition of service roads prior to the completion of work on the mega project. Had work on improvement and carpeting of service roads been done before kicking off the flyover project, the entire traffic plying on Benazir Bhutto Road would have come to a halt due to absence of space for operating vehicles. He said that work on the flyover was kicked off after proper planning and designing. The people who are unaware of the scope of work keep on criticising the development bodies because of hardships faced by them during implementation of mega schemes.