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Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project

Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project

Beginning of land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project. The district administration and Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) have begun delineating land for the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project.

According to a senior RDA official, a joint team comprised of the District Land Revenue Department members and the RDA’s land and engineering branches had been formed. It had begun work marking land to be acquired for the project.

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He stated that Leh Nullah was divided into city and cantonment areas, and the team would complete the first phase of demarcation of cantonment land. He noted that the team would identify land within the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction in the second phase.

“The Rawalpindi Municipal Waste Company transfer station in Liaquat Bagh will also be impacted by the project and will be relocated,” he said, adding that the RDA had requested estimates from all civic bodies.

Cantonment land will be marked in the first phase, according to an RDA official.

According to him, the law requires Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards to inform residents about their areas and obtain approval from Military Lands and Cantonments for military land.

He stated that the provincial government would pay for structures on leased property in cantonment areas but not for land along the Leh Nullah.

On the other hand, RDA requested that the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) relocate its supply lines and tubewells along Leh Nullah and that Wasa conduct a survey of the area following land demarcation.

Wasa had installed over two dozen tube wells along Leh Nullah from New Kattarian to the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench building near the Soan River. It would receive time and funding from the government and that supply lines would be relocated following the installation of new tube wells.

Another RDA official stated that following land demarcation, civic bodies would submit information about land prices and government structures; the district administration would then verify the information through land records, at which point it would become part of the PC-I.

He added that the price committee would also set land rates along the nullah and inform residents about land rates in various areas.

He added that the process would take a month to complete, at which point the land acquisition process would begin. Private landowners would also be contacted, and the RDA has already contacted house owners along the nullah in this regard.

When contacted, RDA Director Anwar Baran stated that the final assessment would occur once demarcation was completed.

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A powerful group has been assembled to work on the Leh project

A powerful group has been assembled to work on the Leh project

A powerful group has been assembled to work on the Leh project. A powerful 18-member committee has been constituted to oversee the project’s early completion and removal of technical or legal impediments.

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A committee announcement has also been published, and the committee will include representatives from all parties. Additionally, the committee includes one representative from the triple-4 brigade and the Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards.

Rawalpindi Commissioner Gulzar Hussain Shah will chair the committee. It will consist of the Rawalpindi deputy commissioner, the city police officer, the city traffic officer, the management directors of the Water and Sanitation Agency and Rawalpindi Waste Management Company, four technical officers of the Rawalpindi Development Authority, and representatives from municipal bodies.

Previously, Prime Minister Imran Khan has mandated that work on the Rs55 billion Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project begin by December 31.

According to PTI Member of Parliament Sheikh Rashid Shafique, the provincial government informed the Prime Minister recently.

He asserted that Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah would has to establish a Project Management Unit to oversee the project’s homework.

The commissioner would shortly begin to acquire the site, stating that they urgently needed the project to provide an alternate route for travelers between Rawalpindi and Islamabad and a permanent solution to monsoon flooding.

The Leh Nullah Expressway will measure 16.5 kilometres in length. 1,604 houses are expected to lie in the way of the proposed expressway, and 1,279 Kanals of land will be acquired – 1,035.9 private, 132.4 military, 54.72 Chaklala, and 56 Rawalpindi.

Former commissioner Mohammad Mehmood, detained by the Anti-Corruption Establishment in connection with the Rawalpindi Ring Road controversy, concluded the property acquisition survey in early 2021.

The Rawalpindi Ring Road and the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel are two big projects launched by the PTI government shortly after entering power. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan halted progress on the project because of allegations of corruption.

On December 25, the foundation stone for the Leh Expressway project will be placed. The 18-member panel will oversee and address all technical and legal issues that arise during the project and make sure that it is completed within the specified timeline.

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