Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday inaugurated two fly-overs in the city which would streamline traffic operations, besides providing free way passage to ambulance service to nearby Nishtar Hospital.
The PM unveiled the plaque of Jinnah Chowk Level-1 fly-over that has been completed at a cost of Rs 500 million, besides inaugurating the road from Jinah Chowk to Vehari Chowk.
Premier Gilani also inaugurated Nishtar fly-over completed with an overall cost of Rs 180 million. The 975 metre long fly-over, with a width of 6.1 to 7.3 metres, starts from Pul Mauj Darya and ends near the emergency block of the Nishtar Hospital.
This vital infrastructure facility would ensure quick medical help to critically injured or ill persons.
The fly-over was completed in nine months.
The 325 metre long and 7.3 metre wide Jinah Chowk level one fly over was completed in 13 months. It would provide a convenient passage to traffic from other cities and provinces, officials said while giving briefing to the prime minister.
The premier congratulated the veteran politician Senator Malik Salahuddin Dogar and MPAs,including Syed Ahmad Mujtaba Gilani, Malik Ahmad Hussain Dehar, Malik Mohammad Amir Dogar and others after inaugurating the two fly-overs.
Federal secretary communications Anwaar Ahmad Khan, Chairman NHA, General Manager NHA and other officials were also present. Prime Minister also inaugurated 3.2 km long Qasim Bela link road completed at a cost of Rs 55 million in six months.
Out of total six fly-overs meant to streamline traffic operations from Jinah Chowk to Double Phatak, four fly-overs have been completed, including Jinah Chowk level-1 fly over, Nishtar fly- over, Pul Mauj Darya fly over and Chungi No 9.
All these fly-overs or interchanges are part of the Inner Ring Road project and divided into three segments titled as package one, two and three.
Of the Rs 1.2 billion package, one segment comprises fly-overs at Jinah Chowk and Chowk Rasheedabad. The level two fly-over at Jinah Chowk is expected to complete in July 2011 while Chowk Rasheedabad flyover would be taken up during next fiscal year.
The Rs 1.2 billion package-II segment comprises fly overs at Chungi No 8 and 9. Chungi No 9 interchange has been completed while 50 percent work has been done on Chungi No 8 interchange.
Rs 1.2 billion package-III segment comprises Pul Mauj Darya, Nishtar and double Phatak interchanges. Two interchanges have been completed and the third one, double Phatak interchange was 50 per cent complete.
The communications ministry launched many projects for development of South Punjab as part of PM’s development package which included Multan Urban Area, Aiman Wala bridge in Jalalpur Pirwala, Head Mohammadwala bridge between Multan and Muzaffargarh, Muzaffargarh additional carriage way, Muzaffargarh bypass, Inner Ring Road Multan, Bosan Road project and others.
The work on M4, Faisalabad-Multan motorway has also started. M4 would connect southern Punjab to the national road network and it would open up new avenues for trade activities and consequently usher in prosperity.