Rawalpindi Ring Road withdrawn from PPP (P3A) & cancelled land acquisition of extended area

After restoring the original alignment from Rawat to Thallian near motorway, the Punjab government made new PC-I of the project and decided to construct it under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) instead of Public-Private Partnership. The PC-I was sent to the Punjab Planning and Development Board for approval.

Punjab government decided to start the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project in PC-I mode with its own resources.

Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah on Wednesday cancelled the land acquisition in Rawalpindi and Attock for the construction of Rawalpindi Ring Road project and asked the district administration to form teams for recovery of Rs2.45 billion paid to the landowners.

Rawalpindi Development Authority had been asked to provide the payment record to the administration. “But for recovering the amount the Punjab Board of Revenue should first de-notify the land acquisition as it has already notified in the gazette,” comissioner said.

Payment of Rs2.43 billion had been made for 11,300 kanals of land, including 6,600 kanals in Rawalpindi and 4,700 kanals in Attock. “The amount was made to 1,100 landowners in Rawalpindi and 500 in Attock,” said a senior official of the administration.

Under Section 48(1) of Land Acquisition Act, 1894, the amount paid to the landowners for acquisition of land undertaken along the entire length of the illegally advertised alignment falling in Rawalpindi and Attock districts would be recovered.

The former Commissioner Rawalpindi & other accused illegally changed the design of the project to add new interchanges and length of the road was increased from 22 km to 68 km.

An inquiry at the highest level in the provincial government revealed that changes had been made to the actual plan of the Ring Road to create new road infrastructures allegedly aimed at benefiting some private housing societies, which increased the cost of the project by Rs25 billion.

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