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Rawalpindi Ring Road – Project Overview and Construction Update

Rawalpindi ring road project overview and update

Rawalpindi Ring Road is an upcoming highway designed to run across the Twin Cities. The triple-lane, 65.3 km long Road will provide connectivity and easy commute to the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, especially, those residing in the peripheral societies. After the success of Lahore Ring Road, the construction of Rawalpindi Ring Road was eagerly anticipated since the conception of the idea. What is Rawalpindi Ring Road? What is the final Route? When will the construction begin? What is the Ring Road Scandal? This post gives you an overview of the project and aims to answer all your concerns!

Rawalpindi Ring Road

Rawalpindi Ring Road is a highway designed to run across the Twin Cities, in order to maximize connectivity. Starting from Rawat,

It is 65.3 km long, with 3 lanes on each side. It has eight planned interchanges with 4 service stations, 2 on each side. 

Length65.3 KM
Width110 m
Triple Lane
No. of Interchanges8
No. of Service Stations4
2 on each side

In a recent press conference, CM Punjab, Mr. Usman Buzdar said the project of Ring Road has been approved along with other major projects like Nala Lai Expressway and Waqar-un-Nisa Women University. He said that the people of Rawalpindi have trusted PM Imran Khan and their trust is valuable to the state. He claimed that these projects will be a gamechanger for the people of the Twin Cities.

The need for a Ring Road in Rawalpindi

The Rawalpindi Ring Road will be a gamechanger for the people of the Twin Cities. It will facilitate an economic corridor, making traveling between the twin cities easier. One can easily save on travel time by avoiding congested parts of the city. Rawalpindi Development Authority’s dream of a ring road since 1997 is finally going to become a reality. 

Particularly, it will enable the urbanization of Rawalpindi’s south and south-west regions. Moreover, it will enable people to cross Rawalpindi while traveling through cities using the Grand Trunk (GT) Road to avoid busy and congested areas, for instance, market places and commercial hubs like Saddar or Roadside Mandis.

Route of Rawalpindi Ring Road

The Ring Road is designed to initiate from the area of Rawat in Rawalpindi and connect to Adiala Road next to Radio Pakistan via a road that extends from the backside of Bahria Town Phase 8. From thereon, the Ring Road leads all the way to Sangjani interchange, with almost 7 interchanges in between. It also intersects the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway. This will allow quicker access to the Motorway. 

Route of Rawalpindi Ring Road

Interchanges on the Rawalpindi Ring Road 

There are a total of eight planned interchanges, enlisted below:

  1. N-5 Radio Pakistan (The National Highway)
  2. Chakbeli
  3. Adiyala 
  4. Chakri 
  5. M-2 Murat (at M-2 Motorway)
  6. Airport
  7. Hakla – D.I. Khan
  8. N-5 Sangjani

Benefits of Rawalpindi Ring Road to investors.

The Rawalpindi Ring Road is like a dream come true for the residents of the twin cities. It has a number of benefits that will make commuting faster, convenient, and efficient. 

Connectivity

RRR connects the twin cities on various integral points of the city. For instance, the Radio Pakistan interchange is only a few minutes drive from Rawalpindi Saddar. It will enable people to commute between the twin cities faster than ever before.

Moreover, the greatest advantage of this enhanced connectivity is that the New Islamabad International Airport is easily accessible. The new airport was initially considered to be located on the outskirts of Islamabad, hence, at a distant location.

However, with the commencement of RRR, even the farthest locations such as DHA Islamabad, Bahria Town, Rawat can access the airport with ease.

Economic Corridor

The Rawalpindi Ring Road bears good news for investors and businessmen from across the country. It will facilitate an economic corridor that will enable quicker transportation, saving energy, time, and cost. 

Urbanization 

The RRR will connect various rural and under-developed parts of the city too. It will urbanize these localities around the Twin Cities and enable them to flourish to their full potential, for instance, areas around the motorway, Chakri, Sangjani as well as certain areas around Rawat. The RRR will boost the upcoming residential projects in Twin Cities and will also boost the prices of primitive localities in their vicinity. 

Ring Road to boost the Real-Estate sector

Moreover, the Ring Road will trigger a boost in the prices of properties that are situated in its vicinity. There are a number of residential societies that are situated close to the Islamabad interchange on the motorway, but are considered “too far”. With the development of Ring Road, the main city of Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be easily accessible. The Ring Road will allow travelers entering Islamabad via the motorway to directly commute to their destination using the Ring Road. For instance, DHA Islamabad, Bahria Town Islamabad, Rawat, etc. will only be at a twenty-minute distance.

Chakri is home to many emerging housing societies. Rawalpindi Ring Road will benefit all the emerging housing societies close to the Chakri interchange. This locality will have an edge over other residential areas, for being close to the New Islamabad International Airport as well as for offering increased connectivity to Islamabad & Rawalpindi.

Some of the housing societies to largely benefit from the Ring Road include:

Ruden CityInterchange 2 – Chakbeli
Gulberg GreensInterchange 1 – N-5 Radio Pakistan
Capital Smart CityInterchange 5 – M2 Murat
Bahria Phase VIII Ext.Interchange 1 – N-5 Radio Pakistan
Kingdom ValleyInterchange 5 – M2 Murat
Royal Farm HousesInterchange 5 – M2 Murat
Blue World CityInterchange 5 – M2 Murat
Al-Haram CityInterchange 2 – Chakbeli
Al-Mairaj CityInterchange 5 – M2 Murat

Construction Update

The Punjab government has not approved the project concept (PC) 1 of the Rawalpindi Ring Road project for the past two months. The Rawalpindi administration had sent the PC-1 of the new Ring Road project to the Punjab government for final approval on June 29. Owing to this, the already delayed project is facing a stalemate. The deadline for kick-starting work on the project was set in August.

A senior official attached to the Ring Road Project Management Unit (PMU) has stated that the Punjab government had directed all agencies concerned, including RDA to stop work on the project after the surfacing of a corruption scandal.

However, in other news, the RRR scandal is being investigated simultaneously as the development work is ready for execution. For more news and the latest updates regarding the Ring Road, stay tuned to iReal Projects!

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