ISLAMABAD: A meeting of representatives of all the five contractors, officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), SNGPL, NESPAK, IESCO, and other relevant formations was held under the chairmanship of CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal to review the progress of work on the Islamabad portion of the metro bus project as well as to discuss the issues arising out of it, and to evolve a comprehensive strategy to resolve these issues, at the site office situated at the junction of the IJP Road and 9th Avenue on Saturday.
He was informed that there are three major issues being faced in the Islamabad portion of metro bus project, namely absence of comprehensive traffic plan, shifting of service lanes, and problems of dust and mud being created due to digging and construction work. Afzal constituted a joint team of technical persons comprising of the representatives of the CDA, SNGPL, NESPAK, and contractors, and directed them to sit jointly and finalise the shifting of service lines from the right of way of this project immediately so that the work on the project may proceed unhindered. These committees would visit the site today and come up with a comprehensive and detailed plan of action for shifting these utility lines without causing any delay on the ongoing work, and causing minimum nuisance to the public.
To overcome the issue of traffic, the CDA chairman said that we are well aware of the issues and directed the consultant of the project to sit with the traffic engineer of the CDA, representatives of contractors, and Islamabad traffic police to devise comprehensive traffic and security plans for the routes.
He stressed that convenience and facilitation of the public is our first and foremost priority.
He directed all the concerned officials that a comprehensive traffic plan should be evolved in consultation with all the concerned and diversion boards, which are visible, should be installed at all the roads which have been blocked due to the construction work. He also directed the installation of revolving lights and reflectors at the construction site to avert any accidents at night.
He further directed the contractor to dump the debris at specific dumping site already allocated and identified by the CDA. He said that debris and other material should not be left on the site or on the road side, but should be disposed off on daily basis to save the public from inconvenience. He assured that the CDA would extend full support and help all concerned departments to overcome the issues being faced and would go to any length to resolve these hurdles at the earliest. The representatives of NESPAK and the contractors thanked the CDA chairman for his whole hearted support.
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