Rawalpindi To Be Given 'Metropolitan City' Status with Allocated Funds and Improved Infrastructure
Rawalpindi: A media outlet reports that the govt of Punjab has agreed that Rawalpindi will be given the metropolitan city status.
The Local Government and Community Development Minister of the Province Basharat Raja spoke during his Sunday conference with Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offices (RCCI).
Raja explained that Rawalpindi has the ability to become a tourist destination with the federal government's focus on the development of metropolitan centers in Punjab. He noted that the concerned authorities intended to build a car parking area on Murree Road.
The Minister notified the participants of the recent funding of the Leh Expressway proposal by the executive office. The initiative proposal would assist tackle problems with the city's mass transit system, he introduced.
He also praised the efforts of RCCI to launch the "Glorious Rawalpindi" scheme for city embellishment. He provided the Government's Chamber with complete collaboration and aid in solving problems involving invasions, storage space, the transfer of wholesale fruit and vegetables into Ring Road, waste management and heritage site restructuring.
He said, in addition, that the state would provide economic assistance for the construction of links road, the renovation of Gymkhana and other growth initiatives in the town.
Recently, PKR 2 billion rupees have been allocated for Rawalpindi Division’s social development by the Punjab Government Annual Development program 2019-20. The allocated funds would be worth PKR 20.63 billion for 19 social development projects.
The funds will be spent on the development of roads, storm drains, graveyards, cattle markets, and the rehabilitation of historical buildings in Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal.
The allocated fund is as follows:
PKR 200 million for the rehabilitation of historical buildings
PKR 200 million for setting up Shehr-e-Khamosha, Dhamial
PKR 274 million for Shehr-e-Khamosha, Chakwal
PKR 190.93 million for Model Cattle Market, Attock
PKR 30 million for roads in Mangot and Kangrila, Rawalpindi
PKR 20 million for construction of Qasim Base to Dhoke Noor Road, Dhamial
PKR 20 million for a sewerage drain in Khatana
PKR 40 million for storm drain, Mehrabad
PKR 30 million for storm drain, Naseerabad
PKR 20 million for road construction, Hazro
PKR 18 million for road track in Tarya, Rawalpindi
PKR 170 million for road projects in Chakwal, Talagang, Noorpur, Chuwa Saidan Shah, and Kallar Kahar
With the development initiative, the Foundation stones for Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR), Leh Expressway project to be laid in July.
The provincial government recently assigned 40 billion PKR and 70 billion PKR for the RRR and Leh Expressway projects as a portion of its (fiscal year) budget announcement for FY 2019-20.The president of the RDA Arif Abbasi is expected to give a briefing on the two initiatives next week to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.
Abbasi indicated that the civic agency developed its Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) recommendation for completion of the RRR proposal.
The expansion plan of Leh Expressway involves extending the road by 8 kilometers and changing its infrastructure. These proposed changes include the construction of extra space for a commercial area and the construction of sewerage drainage and flood channels.