Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said while talking to the media during his visit to the Gwalmandi area, The government has acquired land for the Leh Expressway and the eviction process will begin within 72 hours, People living along the planned thoroughfare have been paid for their land as per market rate.
Work on project would initiate soon after the end of monsoon season, All arrangements were being finalised to start construction work of the much awaited project as soon as possible. Foundation stone laying ceremony was expected in August, He said.
He said the 23km-long expressway would start from the Soan Bridge instead of Ammar Chowk in Chaklala to facilitate maximum population, adding the project would change fate of the citizens particularly living along the Leh Nullah as the citizens would be allowed to construct commercial buildings along the road.
The minister said cost of the Leh Expressway project had jumped to Rs70 billion which was around Rs18 billion when conceived. The project would be constructed on Build-Operate-Transfer basis, he added.
The authorities involved developed a flood prevention plan for Nullah Leh during the monsoon season. The minister urged the citizens living in the low areas of the city near the nullahs not to throw their solid waste into the nullah to avoid blockages; citizens must contribute to the efforts of the sanitation department’s efforts regarding cleaning of Nullah.
He informed that all the departments concerned including District Administration, WASA, Rescue-1122, Police, Army and others were alert and had finalised arrangements to cope with flood situation in Nullah Lai.
“Feasibility study of the Leh Expressway project has been completed besides PC-I of the project,” he said.
He informed, under the project, three sewage treatment plants would also be installed on Nullah Leh to treat grey water which would be used in parks, green belts and for other purposes.
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