Rawalpindi   – The 57th meeting of the governing body of Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) was held here Monday, chaired by Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah and RDA Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza.

A detailed briefing was given to the governing body on the agenda of the Leh Expressway and Flood Channel project, the mega project. On the occasion, the Nespak stated that the Leh Expressway width has been reduced from 35-50 meters to 25-35 meters due to which the land area has now been reduced.

The Green Regulations Intensification and Restoration of Ecosystem through Potohari Flora (Ten Billion Tree Tsunami) – conservation and restoration of Eco system through Potohari flora agenda was also presented to the governing body, which approved the draft of Green Regulations.

It was informed on the occasion that the project for this corridor would be carried out by   Nespak without government funding. The proposal for the Leh Expressway project is being sent to the public-private partnership (PPP) Board for approval and will be tendered after approval.

Commissioner Rawalpindi and DG RDA Gulzar Hussain Shah commended Nespak, a private company, for its tireless work on the Nullah Leh Expressway project. On this occasion, Chairman RDA Tariq Mehmood Murtaza directed that these projects should be started soon, and hard and fast work should be done for their completion.

Speaking on it, Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the Nullah Leh Expressway project is a game-changer for the development of Rawalpindi city, and it took him 16 years to complete, he said. The city will be able to avoid floods and the traffic flow from the roads and both sides of Nullah Lai will improve, he said.