KAHUTA, Mar 03 (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi performed the ground-breaking of the Rs 12.5 billion four – lane Rawalpindi-Kahuta project Saturday, providing a fast link between the Federal Capital and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
The Prime Minister was briefed by the DG National Highway Authority about the scope of the 28 km road and informed that construction on the strategically important link would begin soon and complete by May 2019.
The project includes a four-lane fly-over at the Sihala railway crossing, Sihala and Kahuta bypass besides three bridges, one underpass and 50 box culverts.
The Prime Minister was informed that each 3.65 metres wide lane would have an inner shoulder of 0.6 metres and an outer shoulder of 2.5m. The road has been designed for a maximum speed in plain areas of 100kms per hour while in hilly areas it would be 80km/hr.
The commuters have been demanding up gradation of the existing two lane wide road, without any shoulder and was insufficient to accommodate the increasing traffic volume, leading to congestion and accidents.
The Prime Minister was accompanied with Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarrar , Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.