Rawalpindi: According to a recent news report, Due to the slow pace of construction work on the bridge over the Soan River motorists entering the city have been going through a tough time. Commuters and motorists remain stranded on Jhelum Road, Soan Bridge, Aamar Chowk, Rawal Road, Murree Road, and other connected roads. During the weekdays, traffic remains even more congested because of which school and university students get late for their classes.
People who live across the Soan River use the road, as do those who come to the city through the Grand Trunk Road, including goods transporters from other parts of the region.
The National Highway Authority (NHA) began work on the project four years ago to alleviate traffic congestion, but it has been delayed due to the departments’ failure to shift utility lines, including Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL), Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL), and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
It is expected that parallel work with requisite manpower and machinery would commence on the remaining four bridges. WASA has finished relocating pipelines for Phase 1 with the aid of Soan Bridge. The pipes for the second step will only be relocated after the old bridge has been replaced. A supplementary grant of Rs. 40 million had been made available for the purpose. Encroachments along the Soan River is another issue that hindered the development process.
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