Funds non-provision delays signal-free corridor project

ISLAMABAD: The third phase of the signal-free corridor project has been delayed owing to the non-provision of funds, being built from Zero-point to Rawat and commuters have hence been facing acute traffic problems.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started construction work on the project in 2015 and the project was due to be completed within two years.

Talking to agencies, Project Director, Mumtaz Hussain said that previous government had approved Rs10.75 billion for the third phase but due to the non-approval from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), the amount has not been released to continue the project.

He said the pre-qualification of the project had already been executed, adding “Now we are waiting for ECNEC’s approval.” The project would consist of two phases and Rs5,000 million was earmarked for each phase.

The area from Koral to Naval Anchorage would be constructed in the first phase while the remaining part would be covered in the second phase, he added.

Meanwhile, travelling daily on the Islamabad Expressway from Koral to Rawat or vice versa has become a nightmare for commuters where traffic remains clogged for hours.

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