NHA ready to begin dualisation of Rawalpindi-Kahuta Road.

ISLAMABAD -- The National Highway Authority (NHA) is all set to start the process of dualisation of Rawalpindi-Kahuta Road and Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been asked for a no-objection certificate (NOC) so work could begin on package-I of the project.

The NHA will work on dualisation of the 28km road from Kaakpul to Kahuta in two packages. NHA officials said package-I consisted of 16.5km, including Sihala Railway Pass, Sihala bypass and Kahuta bypass.

Recently, the NHA requested the CDA for an NOC for land acquisition for the first package as alignment of the road in this section crossed through the jurisdiction of Islamabad.

CDA officials Dawn spoke to said the civic agency apparently had no issue in giving a go-ahead to the NHA as the 150 feet wide right of way is already available for dualisation of the road.

They said a small portion of the road may be needed to be acquired. However, they said Sihala bypass, apparently seems to be crossing through the CDA's scheme and for this, the NHA should be asked to submit the bypass design.

CDA asked to provide NOC for land acquisition

The officials said the CDA had also requested the NHA for provision of design of the project, adding that if any CDA infrastructure that fell in the right of way was damaged, the NHA would be asked to repair it. 'Nothing is finalised yet; our board will discuss this issue in detail in the upcoming meeting, likely to be held on Tuesday (today) for issuing of the NOC and land...

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