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Outer Ring Road project in limbo

By Our Reporter
The Development and Technology Committee (DTC) of the Federal Parliament recently directed the Ministry of Urban Development to continue the Outer Ring Road Project proposed in 2005.
The project was almost shelved after the government could not find ways to acquire the land in the way of the road after the land-mafias sliced it to small pieces of three anas.
About 14,000 landowners need to be compensated for about 8,000 ropanis of land in the Satungal-Chobhar section alone.
According to the project office, some 80,000 to 100,000 ropanis of land is required to be pooled for the 72-km road project.
The committee directed the ministry to move the project forward in a land-pooling model from the next fiscal year 2019/20. The DTC also directed the Ministry of Finance to ensure the resources required for the project. However, the project will make no headway in lack of needed budget.
Although the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the road project t was prepared in 2008, no progress has been made so far.
The project cost according to the 2008 DPR was Rs. 72 billion, but experts say that it needs triple of that money if the project is to be developed now.
But the ministry has not included the project in its proposed budget and programmes for the next fiscal.

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