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The cost of the Leh Expressway fell by Rs110bn as the project renamed

The cost of the Leh Expressway fell by Rs110bn as the project renamed

The renamed Leh Expressway saved Rs110bn. The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) changed the name of the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project to the Rawal Expressway and Flood Channel project after the government changed.

A senior RDA official told  that the construction cost was also cut from Rs200 billion to Rs90 billion, in addition to the name change. He said that the project would be started with money from the government, and that a new PC would be sent to the Planning and Development Department next week to explain this.

He said that under the new plan, the RDA will build a cemented nullah, a trunk sewer, and 17 km of roads on both sides of the nullah, from Kattarian bridge on I.J. Principal Road to Soan bridge on G.T. Road.

He said that the concrete nullah and dual carriageway at New Kattarian would be 55 metres wide, and that the width would gradually grow to 80 metres at Soan Bridge, near the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

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Next week, a new PC-I will be sent to the Planning and Development Department: RDA spokesman

Under the new PC-I, no new bridges will be built, but the ones that are already there will be fixed and changed. There would also be no way for people to meet. But he said that the government was working to build a sewerage treatment plant to clean the sewer of Leh Nullah so that flooding wouldn’t happen.

The government of Punjab would give Rs65 billion to build LehNullah and a dual carriageway, and Rs25 billion would be used to buy land.

“A new survey will be started to buy land, since less land will be bought to build the road,” he said.

Before, PC-I for land acquisition and structural compensation worth Rs25 billion was approved by Ecnec at a meeting on December 22, 2021, and administrative approval was given on January 19, 2022.

The official said that commercial buildings and zones were supposed to be built as part of the urban regeneration programme in an old plan.

But the plan to fix up the city has been scrapped, and now only the road will be built.

When contacted, Commissioner Noorul Amin Mengal, who is also the project director, confirmed that the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel had been renamed the Rawal Expressway and Flood Channel and would be built with government money.

He said that 60% of the money would come from the federal government and that 40% would come from the Punjab government.

He said that the project needed to start as soon as possible to ease traffic on Murree Road and other main roads that connect Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

In response to a question, he said that the public-private partnership plan to start the project would be scrapped soon. He also said that on May 11, there will be a public hearing about the environmental impact assessment.

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RDA to establish Leh Expressway, sewage treatment plant

RDA to establish Leh Expressway, sewage treatment plant

It’s said that the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) was given permission by Prime Minister Imran Khan to build the Leh Expressway and a sewage treatment plant for the city of Rawalpindi in the area of Nullah Leh on Sunday (March 20). He asked that the project’s first report be done by the 15th of Ramzan.

In April, the premier will lay the foundation stone for the Leh Expressway, and it will be ready in two or three years. It’s said that the Asian Development Bank will give PKR 30 billion to help build this sewage treatment plant in Gorakhpur, India. It will be built on 5,500 kanals of land that the Water and Sanitation Agency owns (WASA).

The Punjab government has given the go-ahead for the construction of a sewage treatment plant and a 20-kilometer sewer tunnel in Rawalpindi to make sure that wastewater is safely disposed of and to cut down on pollution.

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Officials say that Rawalpindi’s sewers will be connected to a tunnel that will take sewage to a treatment plant, which will then be cleaned. The water that has been cleaned will be put into Swan River and used for irrigation. Ten feet wide and ten feet deep under the Nullah Leh, the tunnel will be 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep. It will also get water from the city’s drainage system.

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Commissioner: Section 4 was used to get land for the Leh Expressway

Commissioner: Section 4 was used to get land for the Leh Expressway

Commissioner: Section 4 was used to get land for the Leh Expressway. It was Thursday, December 16, and Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, the Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division, used Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act to get land for a new highway in Pakistan. For this, 4,708 Kanal and 8 Marla would be reached.

Starting today, the land for the Leh Expressway project will be marked.

At least 16 Mouzas of land will be taken up next to the project’s route, 16.5 km long. The government has set aside PKR 24 billion to buy land for the project. The department will give landowners No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and pay them based on the market value of their land after Sector 4 is implemented.

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People who work for the CDWP can read more about their work on the Rawalpindi Ring Road and the Leh Expressway here:

People on the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council are expected to give the Leh Expressway project the go-ahead for final approval. It costs about PKR 100 billion to build (ECNEC). The project has been put off for 15 years now. Due to the postponement, the project’s cost has gone up.

Because of this, the government has decided to build the project Public-Private Partnership (3P) model.

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The design of the Leh Expressway has been revised once more

The design of the Leh Expressway has been revised once more

The design of the Leh Expressway has been revised once more. With another design revision to the Leh Expressway project, the administration has chosen to deepen Nullah Leh rather than broaden it.

The Nullah Leh’s depth will be expanded by 11 feet, requiring only a minimal land acquisition for the project.

Previously, the government intended to purchase 1,200 Kanals of land for the Leh Expressway project; however, 605 Kanals would now be acquired, alleviating people’ concerns. Nullah Leh will be 16 kilometers long and 30 meters wide following the renovations. The project would cost Rs90 billion and will take 18 months to complete. The land acquisition survey is nearly complete.

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The Nullah Leh will remain open during the monsoon season, with an estimated 0.1 million cubic meters of water flowing through it.

The Nullah Leh road will be 12 feet wide on both sides and will be surrounded by obstacles to prevent human and animal encroachment. Trunk sewers will be built beneath it to convey the city’s wastewater. The sewers will connect at the Soan River, from where wastewater will be routed to the Gorakhpur WASA treatment plant. 

Previously, the government intended to acquire 1,200 Kanals of land for the Leh Expressway project; however, 605 Kanals would be acquired instead, assuaging public disquiet. Following improvements, Nullah Leh will be 16 kilometres long and 30 metres broad. The project, which will cost Rs90 billion and take 18 months to complete, will cost Rs90 billion. The survey for land purchase is nearly complete.

After treatment, the treated water will be returned to the Soan River for irrigation purposes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the project’s foundation stone on December 25, according to Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Tariq Murtaza.

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PM orders Punjab to begin work on Leh Expressway by December

PM orders Punjab to begin work on Leh Expressway by December

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the provincial government to begin work on the Rs55 billion Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project by December 31.

According to PTI MNA Sheikh Rashid Shafique, the provincial government recently briefed the PM.

He claimed Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah would soon establish a Project Management Unit to oversee the multi-billion dollar project’s homework.

The commissioner will soon start work on acquiring the site, adding that they urgently needed the project to provide an alternative route for visitors between Rawalpindi and Islamabad and a permanent solution to flooding in the monsoon area.

Project Director appointed; Project Management Unit established

However, a top source informed Dawn that the Punjab government planned to start the Urban Regeneration Project to strengthen infrastructure along the proposed Leh Expressway (ADP).

Officials suggested forming a committee for the Urban Regeneration Project along Leh Nullah, he said.

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On July 4, the Punjab Development Working Party approved the establishment of a Project Management Unit (PMU) and directed the launch of a feasibility study for urban regeneration along the nullah. Construction on the Leh Expressway must start by December.

The Leh Nullah Expressway will be 16.5 km long. It is estimated that 1,604 dwellings are in the way of the proposed expressway, and 1,279 Kanal of land will be acquired – 1,035.9 private, 132.4 militaries, 54.72 Chaklala, and 56 Rawalpindi.

The land acquisition survey was completed in early 2021 by former commissioner Mohammad Mehmood, currently in Anti-Corruption Establishment custody in the Rawalpindi Ring Road controversy.

After taking office, Rawalpindi Ring Road and Leh Expressway and Flood Channel are two large projects announced by the PTI government. However, due to alleged corruption in the project, Prime Minister Imran Khan halted work.

The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Tariq Mehmood said the RDA had finished homework after the prime minister ordered a meeting to speed up work on the project. He stated that the divisional commissioner would be the project director and quickly set up the Project Management Unit. RDA will support the commissioner in this regard, he said.

“RDA initiated the process of hiring a consultant for the urban regeneration feasibility study. The study selected up to three firms. They will appoint the consultant and will complete the study in four months. “We expect to start in early January,” he said.

Construction on the Leh Expressway must commence by December.

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