RDA assigns Rawalpindi Ring Road project’s contract to FWO

Rawalpindi Ring Road

On Tuesday, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) was awarded the contract for work on the proposed Rawalpindi Ring Road (R3) by Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). According to the Chairman of Rawalpindi Development Authority, Mr Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, FWO’s bid has been accepted in the presence of all concerned bodies. After the protracted process, FWO won the bid for R3 amid rigorous competition as the latter emerged as the lowest bidders among all its peers. He further added that FWO had awarded the contract of Rs22.8 billion, the lowest possible bid RDA afford to offer.

As the contract shows, FWO will work on Baanth (N-5) project to Thallian (M-2), making the Ring Road a 38.3 km route. From the initial stage to asphalt pavement construction, all the work will be carried out by FWO.

Alignment of Rawalpindi Ring Road

As per the initial report – which is obvious- Rawalpindi Ring Road will be consist of six lanes. It will be 38.3 km long with four interchanges. The interchanges will be made on Banth-Chak Beli Khan Road, Thalian, Chakri Road, and Adiyala Road. For that to happen, Punjab Government had acquired 8992 Kanal land from the indigenous people for Rs2.39 billion. Notwithstanding, the total budget allocated for the acquisition of land was Rs5.913 billion, of which Rs.2.39 billion has been spent till now.

Hurdles in the initial stage

The R3 project fell prey to several hinders. Not to forget the recent unscrupulous character of several incumbent politicians and some officers who came into the limelight a year back. Albeit, the project went on, and now the government has announced the work on the project may begin in the next month.

Another impediment that R3 faced, according to Chairman RDA, Mr Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, was the undefined boundaries of the twin cities. That’s why he requested the divisional commissioner to carry out a joint survey in the presence of CDA to define the peripheries of the twin cities. And it makes sense because the authority faced problems while issuing Non-Objection Certificate to housing societies and carrying out developmental projects in Rawalpindi.

Rudn Enclave will enjoy the perks of Rawalpindi Ring Road.

As the project will value the current status of several housing societies that have developed or are still developing near M-2 Motorway, Rudn Enclave will get the most out of it. The current alignment of the R3 project shows that it will provide direct access to Rudn Enclave. The residents and the investors will be imbued with every possible means to access the twin cities without the hustle and bustle and reckless traffic of the populated cities.