ISLAMABAD-Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is likely to perform groundbreaking of Bhara Kahu Bypass this week as the preparations in this regard have already been finalised by the city managers. 

The arrangements have been made on site for the groundbreaking, however,there is little uncertainty about the exact date and time as earlier at the instance of the inauguration of green line and blue line metro bus services, the premier had changed his programme multiple times due to his pressing engagements.    

It was announced by the Prime Minister to build the said bypass in an ambitious timeframe of four months on 14th August while inaugurating a flyover at Rawal Dam Chowk and directed CDA to immediately start working on the project. 

The city managers soon after getting the orders of the PM swung into action and started paperwork of the project and decided to go for competitive process but only between government-owned companies under 42 (F) of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority.   

The Frontier Work Organisation (FWO) and National Logistics Cell (NLC) participated in the process and later declared as the lowest bidder. The FWO submitted a bid worth Rs7.3 billion while the NLC offered Rs6.5 billion. Therefore, the NLC being the lowest bidder will be issued work orders in a few days. 

The said five-kilometre-long road (including one km flyover) will start from Murree Road near Quaid-i-Azam University stop and culminate at Murree Road near the Jugi bus stop adjacent to Punjab Cash and Carry from where it will have a one-km-long flyover which will end outside the Bhara Kahu bazaar towards Murree. 

Earlier, the CDA had planned a 7.8-km-long road to completely bypass the entire Bhara Kahu and Kot Hatyal. However, the project required almost two years for completion. Therefore, CDA shelved it and instead decided to launch the five-km-road and flyover project. 

A couple of weeks ago, the CDA’s Development Working Party (DWP) had approved the PC-I worth around Rs7 billion, however, the project was awarded at Rs6.5b below than the estimated cost.  Once completed, the project would provide a big relief to people travelling towards Murree and Kashmir as the existing Murree Road in Bhara Kahu faced traffic congestion, particularly on the weekends. 

Sources told that the Chairman CDA has directed the member engineering to ensure his presence on site while he will also personally look after the progress of this project.

Bhara Kahu bypass project was the main task given by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to the CDA chairman. This project would be the first mega development project which was being launched by the incumbent government.