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10th Avenue Construction Faces Delays, Costs May Rise

10th Avenue Construction Project

The ambitious 10th Avenue construction project in Islamabad, launched under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in 2022, is facing significant challenges, including delays and potential cost escalation.

10th Avenue Construction Project

10th Avenue Construction Project

Initially budgeted at Rs10.2 billion, the project was scheduled for completion in March of this year. However, progress has been sluggish, with only about 25% of the work completed thus far. The CDA recently extended the deadline to December due to ongoing delays.

The project, contracted to the National Logistic Cell (NLC), has encountered hurdles primarily due to inadequate funding. Of the total allocated amount, less than Rs3 billion has been released so far, significantly impacting the pace of work. The slow shifting of utility services from the project site has further exacerbated the delays.

In response to the challenges, the NLC has requested a price adjustment formula from the CDA, citing the impracticality of their initially quoted bid rates. They argue that the delay and subsequent cost hikes necessitate a revision or implementation of the price adjustment formula approved by relevant authorities.

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A senior CDA official highlighted the funding shortfall as a major impediment to the project’s timely completion. With only a fraction of the required funds allocated in recent fiscal years, the official expressed concerns about potential further delays unless adequate funding is secured in the upcoming fiscal year.

The project, crucial for Islamabad’s infrastructure development, aims to construct a 5km road from Katarian Bridge on IJP Road to Srinagar Highway, with future plans for expansion to Margalla Road. However, the project’s progress has been hampered by budgetary constraints and logistical challenges.

Furthermore, the construction of 10th Avenue has implications for Rimsha Colony, an informal settlement in H-9. Approximately 1,400 houses will be affected, necessitating the relocation of residents. However, the CDA has yet to resolve this issue, adding another layer of complexity to the project.

The 10th Avenue project forms an integral part of Islamabad’s master plan, aimed at enhancing the city’s connectivity and infrastructure. However, with ongoing delays and funding shortages, the realization of this vision remains uncertain, highlighting the need for concerted efforts to address the project’s challenges and expedite its completion.