The PC-1 of the elevated expressway has been approved, in principle, by Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar.
The approval was granted during a recent meeting of the governing body of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) which was chaired by the CM.
The elevated expressway project envisages construction of an elevated road from main Gulberg to Babu sabu interchange Motorway (M-2). This will be a signal free corridor and is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion on the roads of Lahore.
During the meeting the CM directed the concerned authorities to determine the financing mechanism of the elevated expressway project and stressed for early completion of the project. It has previously been discussed that the project will be financed on the basis of Public Private Parnership (PPP) mode.
Sadia Sohail MPA, LDA’s Vice Chairman Naeem-ul-Haq, Vice Chairman WASA Sheikh Imtiaz Mehmood, Housing Secretary, Lahore Commissioner and governing body members attended the meeting.
It is estimated that the expressway would save an average time of 30 minutes on the route and would have a capacity of 73,000 vehicles per day. It will provide an east-west route to commuters of Lahore and is aimed at decreasing the huge burden of vehicles on existing roads. According to the environment impact assessment (EIA) the traffic congestion on roads is one of the main reasons of environmental pollution this expressway will help decrease pollution as well.