Margalla Tunnel project

The Capital Development Authority will discuss the proposed Margalla Tunnel Project at a meeting of its board scheduled for next week, CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari said Wednesday.
the Board decides to start feasibility work then a consultant would be hired for the purpose,” he told APP.
Lashari said the CDA Board would evaluate the different aspects with particular focus on environment, cost, engineering, and social and economic impacts of the project.

The sources in the CDA said various options about the project have been studied and the technical experts would be consulted if the Authority decided to start work on the gigantic project.
An estimated amount of two billion rupees would be required to build the half-kilometer-long tunnel through the Margalla hills, the sources said.According to the proposed plan the tunnel would link the federal capital with Haripur in NWFP expanding the Capital city in the north. The Board meeting would also take into account a report on the revised master plan for the capital prepared by a London-based consultant firm, Mott McDonald Pakistan.
The sources said the Authority had carried out a study on environment-related issues with reference to the project and reports in this connection would be presented before the Board.
According to the original CDA master plan for the Islamabad Capital Territory, the Margalla hills are a national park area since they are an extension of the Himalayan range and the northern boundary of the Potohar plateau. The area consists of 12,605 hectares of sub-Himalayan forest vegetation.

2 Comments so far

  1. Asouza (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 6:06 am

    This tunnel is long overdue! It takes 2.5 hours to go from Islamabad to Haripur; with this tunnel built apprently people say it will only take appox. 45-50 mins?

    Anyone have any information?


  2. Jawwad S (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 6:56 am

    i will try to get but no promises



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