Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Liaquat Ali Chatta, and Station Commander Rawalpindi Brig. Ahmed Nawaz led a meeting of the Steering Committee for the completion of Urban Development Projects, emphasising the need for the prompt completion of various ongoing projects within the specified timelines.
Completion of Urban Development Projects
The meeting, attended by key officials including Brig. (r) Ijaz Qamar Kiani, Director Development and Finance, Nazia Parveen Sudhan, Director General of Rawalpindi Development Authority, Saif Anwar Jappa, and other relevant officers, served as a platform to review the progress of major urban development initiatives.
Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta highlighted that these steering committee meetings are conducted fortnightly to address challenges encountered in public interest projects, aiming to find effective solutions. During the session, detailed briefings were provided by concerned departments on the advancements of the mega projects in the region.
Addressing the ongoing issue of traffic congestion in Rawalpindi, Commissioner Chatta emphasized the importance of establishing a signal-free corridor as a lasting solution. He directed all schools, hospitals, and institutions along Peshawar Road to organize proper parking facilities, stating that no entity would be allowed to hinder public movement by parking on main roads.
Commissioner Chatta stressed that strict legal action would be taken against organizations failing to provide adequate parking space. To enhance traffic management, he instructed the clearing of encroachments on service roads to ensure smooth traffic flow. The City Traffic Officer (CTO) received directives to relocate the existing public transport stop from Kutchery Chowk, a move expected to further streamline traffic.
In planning for the next meeting, Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta requested the Secretary of the Regional Transport Authority and the CTO to provide a detailed briefing on parking, scheduled to be held in Topi Rakh. He urged the authorities to utilize the ample parking space available in Topi Rakh, proposing a shuttle service from there to facilitate citizens. Additionally, efforts were directed towards securing parking space in the Race Course area with cooperation from the Traffic Police Headquarters and seeking permission from the Station Commander Rawalpindi’s Office. The collective efforts aim to alleviate traffic issues and enhance the overall urban infrastructure in Rawalpindi.