Rawal Dam Interchange Likely To Be Completed By September
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, after the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), was awarded a stalled project of Rawal Dam Interchange, the development site is in full motion, and it is projected to be finished in September 2022 a month ahead of its initial competition timeline.
After the Frontier Works Organization was awarded a stalled project of Rawal Dam Interchange, the development site is in full motion
It’s projected to be finished in September 2022 a month ahead of its initial competition timeline.
Member Engineering of Capital Development Authority Syed Munawar Shah told The Nation that the civic authority is actively pressing the FWO to complete the project on schedule.
“During his visit to the project site, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tasked us to complete this project in September 2022,”
He said, adding, “In compliance with his instruction, we will complete this project one month ahead of its completion deadline, which was October 2022.”
In June 2020, a joint venture of Maqbool Associates and Calson was awarded the project, along with two others.
The contractor completed over 90% of the work on the PWD underpass, which was opened to traffic, but it had suspended working on the other two projects, the Rawal Dam Interchange and the Korang Bridge, in March 2022.
The contractor approached the municipal officials and demanded an out-of-the-box ‘bailout package’ to complete the allocated projects because he could not complete them otherwise due to an extreme price increase, particularly in regard to steel.
The civic body declined to go beyond the terms of his agreement, and as a result, the contractor ceased work on-site, forcing CDA to either provide a bailout package or terminate the contract.
Meanwhile, the administration in the capital has changed, and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to this project in his early days in office, expressing his disappointment with the poor pace of development.
He was particularly irritated when he learned that the project had been awarded to Maqbool Associates and Calson because the same company had been blacklisted by the Punjab government during younger Sharif’s stint as Punjab chief minister when the company was hired on Orange Line Lahore.
When the previous Prime Minister Imran Khan was thrown out of Punjab, he traveled to Peshawar, where the PTI was in control and secured the contract for the Bus Rapid Transit System.
Later, when Imran Khan became Prime Minister, he was able to acquire three contracts in a single round of bidding.
During the visit of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who examined work on the under-construction interchange and following a briefing, it was agreed to change the contractor with the directive to start the construction within 72 hours.
Later, the project was turned over to the FWO, who agreed to finish it without seeking any cost increases in the contract.
The project contains many slip roads, one underpass, an overhead bridge, and a secondary underpass linking Margalla Town.
The project is being built at the intersection of Murree Road, Club Road, and. Once completed, the project would bring respite to commuters who have become accustomed to traffic congestion on this stretch of Murree Road.
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