The long-awaited Rawalpindi Ring Road Project, a scheme that is the harbinger of a new era of development and prosperity in the region, is going to be launched soon.
Recently the administration has completed the survey of land for 40 kilometers long Rawalpindi Ring Road track while identification of the land for the project has also been completed.
Commissioner Rawalpindi Capt. (r) Muhammad Mehmood said earlier that the main objective of the ring road is to improve economic connectivity and road transport efficiency in the twin cities.
Efforts will also be made to develop economic zones along Rawalpindi Ring Road on public-private partnership basis. Fruit and vegetable wholesale markets, goods and public transport terminals, and cattle markets will be part of the project.
As per the latest reports on the Rawalpindi Ring Road alignment, the highway will start at the Radio Pakistan Building on National Highway 5 (GT Road) and merge with the Margalla Road near Sangjani Interchange on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway.
Taking the route through M-1 Motorway, Rawalpindi Ring Road will lead to Islamabad International Airport and then loop around the eastern route of CPEC initiative to head towards Margalla Road while passing close to Sangjani Interchange.
The project will have interchanges at eight different locations including Radio Pakistan, Rawat, Chak Beli, Adyala, Chakri, M2 Mor, Islamabad International Airport (IIA) and Sangjani.
As per sources, the Government of Punjab has approved the finalized alignment and funds have been released for land acquisition. Everything related to planning including ring road route, alignment, interchanges, designs, and economic zones have already been finalized and approved.
The Ring Road is a much-needed project for the twin cities as the citizens face difficulties on daily basis due to traffic gridlock at several roads including Rawalpindi city’s main artery, Murree Road.