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Islamabad Considers Adding Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway to Master Plan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is considering revising Islamabad’s master plan to incorporate the GT Road terminus of the proposed Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway (KRM), scheduled for discussion in the upcoming CDA board meeting.

The KRM, not originally part of Islamabad’s master plan, requires approval for any realignment of the city’s layout.

If cleared by the CDA board, the amendment will likely be sent to the federal cabinet for final approval. The road project is being managed by the National Highway Authority (NHA) following its approval by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in 2022.

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The motorway, a Rs108.41 billion undertaking, is an extension of the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway intended to connect Kharian with Rawalpindi.

Urban planning experts have stressed the need to carefully evaluate the decision, keeping in view Islamabad’s long-term development goals and sustainability. Any realignment would require detailed traffic studies and environmental impact assessments.

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