New flyover develops cracksArchive
GUJRANWALA: The newly-constructed flyover on Rawalpindi (Lohianwala) bypass which was opened to traffic a month ago has apparently developed cracks.
Official sources said the chief minister had approved the project two years ago to ease traffic flow on the road as hours long muddles were witnessed daily. An amount of Rs3,938.464 million was released to compensate owners of commercial property and build diversion.
The flyover contract was given to the National Logistic Cell (NLC) by the district administration. The cell started work in February 2016 with a 10-month deadline. But it did not build any diversion and initiated construction work. This added to chaos on roads running parallel to the bypass.
Chief Traffic Officer Chaudhry Asif Zafar Cheema and his team controlled traffic as motorway police personnel abandoned the area.
As the NLC failed to complete the work in given time, the district administration extended the deadline by three months. The Punjab government released more funds.
The company could not complete the construction work again and sought more time. The bridge was finally completed some two months ago at a cost of Rs7,558.848m, but it developed cracks on Alipur Chattha road side at several places.
The NLC project director and district administration officials were not available for comments.
Assistant Commissioner Rao Sohail Akhtar said he was transferred here from Daska recently and was unaware of cracks.
Published in Dawn, November 10th, 2017