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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to begin the construction of an interchange at the junction of 7th Avenue and Srinagar Highway near Aabpara. This is being done in an effort to solve the problem that has haunted the capital for a time long overdue now i.e. the absolute state of traffic gridlocks in the middle of the city.
Two companies and a partnership of three other firms have submitted their offers regarding this matter to the CDA. As such, the Civic Agency has opened the companies’ technical bids and the process of assessing them is under way. The financial tenders on the nature will also be opened soon to award the contract, officials said.
CDA Chairman – Amer Ali Ahmed- said on the occasion, “The longstanding issue of traffic gridlocks at the junction of 7th Avenue is going to be resolved. The interchange will provide a big relief to citizens who on a daily basis face traffic congestion at this particular point.”
He added that the engineering wing will soon open the financial bids to award the contract. “Not only this interchange, we are also going to start some other projects that include an interchange at 10th Avenue and overhauling of I.J.P. Road,” he said.
This cloverleaf interchange will be at the junction of the 7th Avenue, Srinagar Highway, Khayaban-i-Soharwardi and Garden Avenue, with four left and right loops. There will be an underpass connecting the two portions of Khayaban-i-Soharwardi, officials from the CDA revealed.
Habib Construction Company, (which recently built the G-7, G-8 interchange), National Logistics Cell (NLC) and the joint venture of Maaksons, Calson and Maqbool Associates, are among those who submitted the technical bids. The officials said that the project, worth Rs1.5 billion, will be completed in a year once it has begun.
Back in 2008, this 7th Avenue interchange project was devised. It was placed before the Development Working Party (DWP) of the CDA several times for PC-1 approval, but each time it faced objections. However, PC-1 was approved at the DWP meeting held in October last year.
On the other hand, motorists on a daily basis face traffic congestion due to prolonged traffic signals, especially during rush hours, in the absence of an interchange at the 7th Avenue-Srinagar Highway junction. The officials said that the F-9 signal on 9th Avenue and the junction on 7th Avenue were the points that witnessed massive traffic jams at the moment.
“Besides the 7th Avenue interchange, we are also planning to construct an interchange at F-9 signal area on 9th Avenue,” revealed an engineer of the CDA. He stated that the 9th Avenue interchange was in its designing stage as of right now. The official also added that currently, constructions of Rawal Dam Interchange, PWD Underpass and expansion of Korang bridge were underway.