The Punjab government’s elevated highway project to ease traffic congestion in Lahore has been included in the Master Plan 2050.
Because the estimated cost of the project has increased to Rs. 85 billion, the provincial finance department will now need the approval of the federal government to make it happen.
The cost of the project has increased by Rs. 54 billion due to delays in starting work, an official told The Express Tribune. An elevated track will be constructed from the Home Economics College in Gulberg over a stream, bypassing Shadman, Samanabad, Ferozepur Road and Gulshan Ravi to end up on the highway, as part of a project planned several years ago.
Vehicles traveling to and from the highway will use the highway, reducing traffic congestion in the city. The original estimated cost of the project was Rs. 31 billion, but work could not begin and the plan was lost in the files.
After nearly three-and-a-half years, the government led by former prime minister Usman Buzdar has resumed work on the proposed project, which called for the construction of 10.5 kilometers of four-lane elevated highway.
For this, the authorities have to purchase 801 kanals of private land and hand it over to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). A total of Rs. 3.5 billion has been set aside to compensate those affected by the collapse of buildings along the corridor.
There will be six junctions between the College of Home Economics and the Motorway. The daily capacity of the expressway is 73,866 vehicles, according to traffic police. The expected duration of the project was 15 months. However, due to the long delay, construction costs have skyrocketed.