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Overhead bridge collapses

LAHORE, May 22: A portion of an under-construction overhead pedestrian bridge on Ring Road collapsed on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Defence Phase-IV near Kamahan village which led to the blockage of traffic on Ring Road. It is the second incident of bridge collapse. Earlier, one such pedestrian bridge had collapsed on Ring Road near Harbanspura last year and a truck driver was killed when the structure fell on his vehicle.

A CDGL spokesman said the construction work on the pedestrian bridge had been suspended after the Ring Road Authority had objected to its quality. He said the traffic was blocked for sometimes to facilitate the officials to remove the structure.

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What did I tell you guys about the quality of the PML-N's so called infrastructure projects.


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Ring Road: Land acquisition holds up Southern Loop
LAHORE:

The start of construction work on the Southern Loop of the Lahore Ring Road is likely to be delayed because of problems with the land-acquisition strategy for the project, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The government needs to buy vast tracts of land from private parties for the Southern Loop.

The process takes about four months and was to be completed by the end of October, but it has not been started yet.

The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP), at a meeting on August 21, raised various objections to a Rs28 billion PC1 plan for land acquisition and moving of roadside services for the Southern Loop and returned it to the Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA).

Officials with the LRRA said that around Rs8 billion had been issued to the authority for buying land, but they were not allowed to use the money until the PC1 was approved.

Construction contract

On July 16, the LRRA invited financial and technical proposals by September 30 for the construction of the Southern Loop from four companies – the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), Saadullah Khan and Brothers (SKB), China Works and Albayrak.

The company winning the contract will be given six to nine months to begin construction, during which time it will apply for a loan. It would then have two years to finish construction.

Officials familiar with the project said that the contractor would not apply for a loan until the land acquisition was complete and it had a firm idea of the start of construction.

The company would not want to apply for a loan and then sit on it with interest payments piling up should the land acquisition drag on, they said.

LRRA officials said that they would select the winning proposal within about three weeks of receiving the bids and would award the contract at the end of October or beginning of November.

They said that the Planning and Development Board’s objections to the land acquisition strategy outlined in the PC1 were minor and would be addressed before the next PWDP meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. The contract is to be awarded to a single company.

LRRA Chairman Rashid Langrial said that the land acquisition would be completed before the construction work begins, but the two could also go on side by side.

Asked to explain how this was possible given the time the contractor would need to mobilise for the project, he gave no clear answer, only stating that the problem would be resolved.

Planning and Development Board Public Relations Officer Atif Khushnood said that the PC1 for land acquisition would come up at the next PDWP meeting and would be approved if the objections had been addressed.

Asked about the delay in the project, he said that the Planning and Development Board was tasked with assessing and approving funding for projects and had no concern with other matters.

According to the plan submitted to the PDWP, land acquisition and relocation of roadside services will cost Rs9,958.896 million for Package 1, Rs9,983.460 million for Package 2, and Rs8,670.528 million for Package 3.

The Southern Loop project is divided in four segments. The proposed Southern Loop Package 1, connecting Ferozepur Road to the Northern Loop, is 9.35km long and is to cost around Rs18.65 billion to construct. Package 2 from Gajju Mata, Ferozepur Road, to Adda Plot is 13km long and will cost some Rs31.94 billion. Package 3 from Adda Plot to Maraka, Multan Road, is around 8km and will cost around Rs13.60 billion to build.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2013.



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Ring Road: Two bids received for Southern Loop contract

LAHORE:

Two of four short-listed companies have submitted their bids for the contract to build three packages of the Southern Loop of Lahore Ring Road on a public-private partnership model.

China Works and the Frontier Works Organisation submitted their technical and financial bids for the project, which is worth around Rs50 billion, on September 30. The technical bids are to be evaluated by October 21, while the financial bids are to be opened on October 24.

The concession agreement with the company winning the contract would be signed on December 10.

he Lahore Ring Road Authority has not yet been able to get approval for the PC-1 proposal for land acquisition for the three packages. The proposed Southern Loop Package 1, connecting Ferozepur Road to the Northern Loop, is 9.35km long. Package 2 from Gajju Mata, Ferozepur Road, to Adda Plot is 13km long and Package 3, from Adda Plot to Maraka, Multan Road, is around 8km.

According to the request for proposal of the project, the company winning the contract will have until June 10 to start construction work. It will spend the time between signing the agreement and starting construction on making financial arrangements, which, according to officials of the Planning and Development Department, will take four to five months. They said that the company would first make a detailed design for each package and then seek a bank loan.

The LRRA is required to hand over the land for Package 1 within 60 days, for Package 2 within 90 days, and for Package 3 within 120 days of the signing of the concession agreement. Should it fail to do so, the concession agreement will stand terminated.

The PC 1 for land acquisition, which would cost Rs28 billion, is yet to be approved by the Planning and Development Board. The process of land acquisition will take at least four or five months, provided there is no legal challenge to the process.

The LRRA will allow the successful bidder two years to complete the project. It will have to pay the company Rs10-12 billion annually for 15 years. This includes operation and maintenance costs and the re-carpeting of the road twice. The company will also install surveillance cameras and set up an intelligent transport system.

LRRA Chairman Rashid Langrial said that he expected the PC-1 for land acquisition to be approved soon. He said that the authority was currently preparing a Section 6 notification, which contains all the details of the land to be purchased.

Asked about the proposed Packages 4 and 5 of the Southern Loop, he said that they were in the basic design phase and no final decision had yet been made.

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Shahbaz Sharif reviews Ring Road project 

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting to review in detail various matters relating to Lahore Ring Road Authority. The meeting also considered the construction of southern loop project of Lahore Ring Road.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that modern infrastructure was essential for rapid progress and promotion of trade activities. He said that Punjab government was spending billions of rupees for improving infrastructure throughout the province. He said that the project of construction of southern loop of Lahore Ring Road was of vital importance and best travelling facilities would be available to the people with the construction of southern loop.
He said that after construction of southern loop, not only traffic flow will improve but economic activities will also be promoted.

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The road around

Amidst charges of misappropriation and financial irregularities, the Lahore Ring Road is expected to roll out soon
 
 
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The LRR should help to trigger socio-economic development. — Photo by Rahat Dar

Finally, it seems the long overdue Lahore Ring Road (LRR) may see the light of the day soon. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s mega project has been stalled through the previous six governments, thanks to political glitches, controversies, designing and redesigning multiple times.
The LRR has been promoted as one that shall benefit around 5.54 lac vehicles (on an average) daily, hence contributing to the PM’s highly valued plan of the “Economic Corridor”, a trade and transport route that would link Lahore, Karachi and Gwadar to the Silk road between Pakistan and China. It is said that the two friendly neighbours have struck a deal to construct the unfinished stretches of the LRR.
Before the construction gets underway, two mozas (localities) of Kamahan and Gajju Matta have been acquired with a payment of Rs9.8 billion. The total land for the Southern loop will cost more than Rs27 billion.
All over the world, the ring roads are purpose-built superhighways that offer a plethora of advantages to the big cities. They basically comprise a network of main roads that form a ‘ring’ along the outer areas of the mostly urbanised cities.
With a view to decreasing the flow of large amounts of traffic coming from the inner roads, the outer freeway aims to facilitate outbound vehicles to go without upsetting the inbound traffic and vice versa.
The LRR is also believed to reduce pollution levels on the inner roads which are lined on either side by dense population.
The LRR, stretching over 80-85 km, is divided into three portions — the Northern, the Southern and the Western loops. It starts at Gulshan-e-Ravi near Babu Sabbu and will probably end at the same place to complete the ring. It is estimated that the total cost of the LRR (all three loops included) ranges between Rs180 billion to Rs210 bn. The estimated cost was around Rs7 bn in 1991.
The Northern Loop, a stretch of 40 km, was completed at the cost of more than Rs45 bn in 2012. It goes from Gulshan-e-Ravi to Sagian Interchange and includes Niazi Interchange, Bund Road, Mehmood Booti, Darogewal, Harbanspura, Bhatta Chowk, DHA Phase VIII, DHA Phase VI, Lidhar and Sui Gas society, while also connecting Ferozepur Road through Link Road into the Khaira distributary.
With a view to decreasing the flow of large amounts of traffic coming from the inner roads, the outer freeway aims to facilitate outbound vehicles to go without upsetting the inbound traffic and vice versa.
The Southern Loop stretches almost 30 kms and its cost is between Rs55-70 bn, depending upon its final design, engineering technicalities and digital facilities. It shall commence where the Northern Loop culminates at the Suigas society. It consists of three packages called SL-1, SL-2 and SL-3. Package 1, SL-1, of the Southern Loop has a total length of about 9.35 km. It will begin at the Suigas society and go through Kamahan to Gajju Matta. Package 2, SL-2, with a length of 13 kms will start at Gajju Mata on Ferozepur Road off to Adda Plot in Raiwind. Package 3, Sl-3, which is 8 kilometres long, will stretch from Adda Plot to Maraka on Multan Road.
The Western Loop, to be launched after the Southern Loop, will run from Maraka to Mohlanwal, Chung, Shahpur, Shahpur Kangran, Thokar Niaz Baig and Babu Sabu. Its engineering design, feasibility report and alignment have been reviewed by the River Ravi Development project on the special directives of the PM.
River Ravi Commission Secretary RafayAlam says that after the government has finalised the recommendations of the LDA consultants, it will be decided how to deal with the Ring Road. The proposed plan to make realignment of the Western Loop closer to the River Ravi will possibly engender economic zones along the route that will boost revenue-generating opportunities for the Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA), an LDA official opines.
According to the LRRA Chairman Rashid Mehmood Langrial, after the Pak-China talks come to fruition, it will take two years to complete the Southern Loop. “Land purchase process has begun and the government intends to complete the Southern Loop through public private partnership,” he says.
JICA, a Japanese company, proposed a 60-kilometre road-line called the LRR for the city in 1991, after the World Bank prepared a feasibility report. The then federal government modified the road design in 1997 increasing its length to 75 kilometres and incorporated Raiwind, known as the Royal Route to the Sharif’s farm houses and the residence of the then prime minister (Nawaz Sharif). After the Nawaz government was ousted in 1999 for the second time over, the LDA and the TEPA proposed it to be 78-km long project, in 2000-01.
In 2004, the then Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi set its length to 77 km, including F.C College Road, Kalma Chowk and Ichhra. The Lahore Ring Road Project formally rolled out on Dec 22, 2004 at a ground-breaking ceremony in the presence of the then president General Pervez Musharaf. Under Sharif’s government in 2008, the LRR’s length was again increased to 80-km and the design was reset as per route alignment proposed in 1997.
The LRR project faced charges of misappropriation when the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Mian Mehmood Rasheed disclosed audit report, saying that the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had bent rules to give contract of the LRRA to the NLC and the FWO at high rates without following the bidding procedure in 2010.
He also raised eyebrows for hiring NESPAK as consultants and overlooking competitive companies. Besides, the PAC came to limelight for financial irregularities of around Rs500 million in the LRR construction.

 

Source: http://tns.thenews.c...n/#.VAAv3KK-o2P

 



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The road around

 

Amidst charges of misappropriation and financial irregularities, the Lahore Ring Road is expected to roll out soon

 
Yasir-1.jpg
The LRR should help to trigger socio-economic development. — Photo by Rahat Dar

Finally, it seems the long overdue Lahore Ring Road (LRR) may see the light of the day soon. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s mega project has been stalled through the previous six governments, thanks to political glitches, controversies, designing and redesigning multiple times.
The LRR has been promoted as one that shall benefit around 5.54 lac vehicles (on an average) daily, hence contributing to the PM’s highly valued plan of the “Economic Corridor”, a trade and transport route that would link Lahore, Karachi and Gwadar to the Silk road between Pakistan and China. It is said that the two friendly neighbours have struck a deal to construct the unfinished stretches of the LRR.
Before the construction gets underway, two mozas (localities) of Kamahan and Gajju Matta have been acquired with a payment of Rs9.8 billion. The total land for the Southern loop will cost more than Rs27 billion.
All over the world, the ring roads are purpose-built superhighways that offer a plethora of advantages to the big cities. They basically comprise a network of main roads that form a ‘ring’ along the outer areas of the mostly urbanised cities.
With a view to decreasing the flow of large amounts of traffic coming from the inner roads, the outer freeway aims to facilitate outbound vehicles to go without upsetting the inbound traffic and vice versa.
The LRR is also believed to reduce pollution levels on the inner roads which are lined on either side by dense population.
The LRR, stretching over 80-85 km, is divided into three portions — the Northern, the Southern and the Western loops. It starts at Gulshan-e-Ravi near Babu Sabbu and will probably end at the same place to complete the ring. It is estimated that the total cost of the LRR (all three loops included) ranges between Rs180 billion to Rs210 bn. The estimated cost was around Rs7 bn in 1991.
The Northern Loop, a stretch of 40 km, was completed at the cost of more than Rs45 bn in 2012. It goes from Gulshan-e-Ravi to Sagian Interchange and includes Niazi Interchange, Bund Road, Mehmood Booti, Darogewal, Harbanspura, Bhatta Chowk, DHA Phase VIII, DHA Phase VI, Lidhar and Sui Gas society, while also connecting Ferozepur Road through Link Road into the Khaira distributary.
With a view to decreasing the flow of large amounts of traffic coming from the inner roads, the outer freeway aims to facilitate outbound vehicles to go without upsetting the inbound traffic and vice versa.
The Southern Loop stretches almost 30 kms and its cost is between Rs55-70 bn, depending upon its final design, engineering technicalities and digital facilities. It shall commence where the Northern Loop culminates at the Suigas society. It consists of three packages called SL-1, SL-2 and SL-3. Package 1, SL-1, of the Southern Loop has a total length of about 9.35 km. It will begin at the Suigas society and go through Kamahan to Gajju Matta. Package 2, SL-2, with a length of 13 kms will start at Gajju Mata on Ferozepur Road off to Adda Plot in Raiwind. Package 3, Sl-3, which is 8 kilometres long, will stretch from Adda Plot to Maraka on Multan Road.
The Western Loop, to be launched after the Southern Loop, will run from Maraka to Mohlanwal, Chung, Shahpur, Shahpur Kangran, Thokar Niaz Baig and Babu Sabu. Its engineering design, feasibility report and alignment have been reviewed by the River Ravi Development project on the special directives of the PM.
River Ravi Commission Secretary RafayAlam says that after the government has finalised the recommendations of the LDA consultants, it will be decided how to deal with the Ring Road. The proposed plan to make realignment of the Western Loop closer to the River Ravi will possibly engender economic zones along the route that will boost revenue-generating opportunities for the Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA), an LDA official opines.
According to the LRRA Chairman Rashid Mehmood Langrial, after the Pak-China talks come to fruition, it will take two years to complete the Southern Loop. “Land purchase process has begun and the government intends to complete the Southern Loop through public private partnership,” he says.
JICA, a Japanese company, proposed a 60-kilometre road-line called the LRR for the city in 1991, after the World Bank prepared a feasibility report. The then federal government modified the road design in 1997 increasing its length to 75 kilometres and incorporated Raiwind, known as the Royal Route to the Sharif’s farm houses and the residence of the then prime minister (Nawaz Sharif). After the Nawaz government was ousted in 1999 for the second time over, the LDA and the TEPA proposed it to be 78-km long project, in 2000-01.
In 2004, the then Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi set its length to 77 km, including F.C College Road, Kalma Chowk and Ichhra. The Lahore Ring Road Project formally rolled out on Dec 22, 2004 at a ground-breaking ceremony in the presence of the then president General Pervez Musharaf. Under Sharif’s government in 2008, the LRR’s length was again increased to 80-km and the design was reset as per route alignment proposed in 1997.
The LRR project faced charges of misappropriation when the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Mian Mehmood Rasheed disclosed audit report, saying that the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had bent rules to give contract of the LRRA to the NLC and the FWO at high rates without following the bidding procedure in 2010.
He also raised eyebrows for hiring NESPAK as consultants and overlooking competitive companies. Besides, the PAC came to limelight for financial irregularities of around Rs500 million in the LRR construction.

 

Source: http://tns.thenews.c...n/#.VAAv3KK-o2P



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Reducing cost: Ring Road project under review
 
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LRRA officials said changes in the project design would slash the cost of constructing Southern Loop. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA) is considering dropping several auxiliary projects of Lahore Ring Road to reduce the construction cost of Southern Loop, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Southern Loop 1 from the Defence Housing Authority (where Package 17 of Northern Loop ends) to Ferozepur Road will be 9.35-kilometre-long. Southern Loop Package 2 is from Gajju Mata on Ferozepur Road to Adda Plot. It is 13-Km-long. Southern Loop Package 3 from Adda Plot to Multan Road (Maraka) is eight kilometres long.
LRRA officials said changes in the project design would slash the cost of constructing Southern Loop.
Officials, who spoke to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, said China Estate, the construction company, had been trying to get the contract from the LRRA to construct Southern Loop.
China Estate officials met the Lahore commissioner a couple of months ago who is also LRRA chairman. The company offered to construct three loops of Lahore Ring Road for Rs29 billion, they said.
The lowest bid received from a local company (in September 2013) was Rs42 billion.
An LRRA official said China Estate would have to formally bid for the project. He said the decision to call for fresh bids had not been taken yet.
He said the LRRA did not have the authority to award the contract to China Estate. He said the mode of construction, too, was yet to be decided. To reduce the cost of the project, he said the LRRA was considering removing the 30-metre metro corridor.
The official said the authority had also halted the plan to construct service lanes. He said the LRRA had cancelled plans to construct various offices of the authority along Ring Road. It will also not install an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). He said the LRRA was also considering removing interchanges from less populated areas. Electronic tolling will also be deferred.
The official said the LRRA had earlier decided to construct commercial zones alongside the Southern Loop.
The earlier estimated cost of Rs42 billion included the ITS, a metro corridor and service lanes.
The cost of acquisition land stands at Rs17 billion, down from Rs25 billion.
LLRA Finance Director Shehzad Aziz Khan said the authority had been considering various options to reduce the cost of the project. He said LRRA officials hoped to meet the chief minister soon. He said commercial areas had been given to the LDA as LRRA did not have the right to develop such facilities. He said he was unaware about China Estate offers.
China Estate Contracts Director Omer Daniyal refused to comment.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2014.

Source: http://tribune.com.p...t-under-review/

 







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