Why Would the Rawalpindi Ring Road Be An Important Development?
A ring road is a road that goes around the edges of a town or city so that traffic does not pass from the town center.
The Ring Road Rawalpindi project has long been expected by residents of the twin towns of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. This project was started long before 1991, but it was sadly postponed owing to inaction on the part of the responsible authorities.
Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, Chairman of Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), claimed the Rawalpindi Ring Road project’s 38.3 km long main road from Baanth (N-5) to Thallian (M-2) would be finished in two years.
He said that the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) had awarded a Rs 22.8 billion contract to the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for a massive Rawalpindi Ring Road project.
According to Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, the FWO was the lowest bidder after the committee opened the technical and financial bids in front of everyone involved.
Rawalpindi Ring Road Design
The Rawalpindi Ring Road is structured in such a way that it can serve a variety of purposes. It begins at Rawat Rawalpindi and connects to the Adyala Road near Radio Pakistan by a road that runs along the rear of Bahria Town Phase 8. It continues all the way to the Sangjani junction after that. Around eight interchanges are planned for the Ring Road.
All of these interchanges pass through different areas, and the ring road will help to connect them all. The Islamabad-Lahore and Islamabad-Peshawar Motorways also pass through it. As a result, it will enable rapid and convenient access to the highway.
Rawalpindi Ring Road interchanges include:
- N-5 Radio Pakistan (The National Highway)
- M-2 Murat (at M-2 Motorway)
- Hakla – D.I. Khan
- N-5 Sangjani
There are two major components of this project:
Component І: Road construction, ancillary construction, and consultancy services.
The component will consist of:
- Roads totaling 58.8 kilometers, including the main line of the ring road, which is 38.3 kilometers long, and several link roads
- Ancillary works to make the project roads fully functional, such as traffic management equipment and traffic surveillance, construction of operation and maintenance (O&M) camps and their facilities, procurement of O&M equipment, roadside service facilities, tolling, and communication systems.
- Consulting services, e.g., construction supervision consultants.
Component ІІ: Institutional strengthening and technical assistance.
Institutional strengthening support will be offered based on analyses of government systems and project institutional arrangements. Furthermore, the proposed project would provide technical help to project implementation organizations in the areas of project management and monitoring.
Impact of Rawalpindi Ring Road on Logistics and Transport
The development of the Rawalpindi Ring Road will be an important venture as the project’s main goal is to reduce the overcrowding in the twin cities’ urban transportation system.
Fast and efficient route for trade-related traffic and connection to other major cities to help local areas economically.
The project also includes the construction of interchanges and once completed, the road would improve traffic flow in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It would reduce passengers’ travel time and expenses as an alternate route. The initiative would also create jobs and increase local economic activity.
The project is very important for Rawalpindi because severe traffic loads on city roads, particularly the G.T. Road, cause gridlocks on the city’s major arteries. By connecting N-5 and M-2, the Ring Road would address these traffic difficulties by providing an alternative route.
The neighborhood around Islamabad International Airport will get the most advantages from the construction of Rawalpindi Ring Road.
The demand for real estate will increase, and the issue of internal migration will be resolved.
The Rawalpindi Ring Road would also serve as an economic corridor for the country. It will relieve traffic congestion on the N-5 national highway, allowing trucks carrying goods to reach their destinations more swiftly. The ring road will aid speedier transit and save energy, time, and money by becoming an economic corridor.
Investors have recently been drawn to land on the Adiala and Chakri roads in exchange for large gains. In the following years, it will definitely bear fruit.
It will help with the coordinated urbanization planning on the southwest side. Rawalpindi Ring Road will contribute to the city’s urbanization in a way that its master plan will connect the city’s various rural and underdeveloped areas, allowing them to blossom to their full potential, such as the areas surrounding the Motorway, Chakri side, Sangjani, and some Rawat neighborhoods.
The following are some expected good effects as a result of this mega-development:
- The project intends to reduce traffic congestion on the National Highway N5.
- Commuters will be able to travel between Rawalpindi and Islamabad without having to navigate the twin cities.
- The commercial zones on the sides will develop and attract investment as the project further progresses towards completion. This, in turn, will assist the surrounding community.
- The Islamabad International Airport will be conveniently accessed from Ring Road.
Impact of Rawalpindi Ring Road on nearby Housing Societies
The development of the Ring Road benefits housing societies near the route, which is one of the main concerns of many potential investors and buyers. Investors are also attracted to less well-known housing societies and real estate ventures.
Ring Road development is crucial for the adjacent housing projects because their success is based on the speedy progress of the ring road. Because of the easier ways, land prices will rise in all of these housing societies, and demand will rise at the same time.
Those looking for investment opportunities in Pakistan have taken notice of this project. Some housing projects have already started work on residential schemes, and costs are steadily rising due to their closer proximity to the Ring Road project.
In short, the building of the Rawalpindi Ring Road will have a significant impact on Islamabad’s real estate market. Once the Rawalpindi Ring Road project is completed by the mid-end of 2023, the investment potential of the areas surrounding it will be multiplied by a factor of ten.
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