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- Friday, June 22, 2012 - From Print Edition




The project of extension of Margalla Avenue, costing Rs1 billion, will be completed in a year. It will not only provide an easy access to motorists from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), but also reduce traffic burden on Kashmir Highway, said Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Farkhand Iqbal.


He stated this while visiting Margalla Avenue to review progress of construction work on Thursday.


Talking to journalists, the CDA chairman said that the CDA has initiated this project despite the financial crunch. He added that construction work on Margalla Avenue would be completed within a year. The motorists coming from other cities as well as those travelling from Islamabad to different cities of the country would be able to save their time by using Margalla Avenue, he said.


He said that with the construction of Margalla Avenue, economic and business activities would also increase. He said that the CDA would complete the project within a year at a cost of Rs1 billion.


He said that the extended portion of Margalla Avenue is nine kilometres long, having nine culverts. The avenue will consist of two lanes of 12 feet width on both sides. He said that an overhead bridge would also be constructed on railway lane. He said that all resources would be utilised to complete construction work on Margalla Avenue.


Expressing his satisfaction over the ongoing construction work on Margalla Avenue, the CDA chairman directed the concerned officials to carry on construction work in line with international standard. He said that Margalla Avenue will provide an easy access to sectors C-13, C-14, C-15 and D-12.


Commenting on water supply situation in the city, Farkhand Iqbal said that sufficient storage of water is available to meet the requirements of the city; however, power outages cause hindrance in supply of water from tubewells.


To cope with the energy crisis, the CDA chairman said that the civic body is working on a comprehensive plan to introduce solar energy system as an alternative energy resource. He said that tubewells would be operated on solar energy and it would help the CDA in saving millions of rupees.