Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a meeting to review the work being done on the Rawalpindi Ring Road, the proposed Eastern By-Pass, and the waste management site for Rawalpindi and Islamabad here on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Capital Development Authority (CDA) Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA Raja Khuram Nawaz, CEO Public-Private Projects (PPP) Authority, Secretary Planning, and senior officials of the Ministry of Planning.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Commissioner Rawalpindi briefed the Minister on the current status of the three projects.

The meeting was informed that the procurement process for the Rawalpindi Ring Road project had started and minor outstanding matters were being resolved. The Minister stated that since the project was being executed in Public-Private Projects (PPP) mode, it shall be implemented by a single entity that is Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). He added that CDA shall ensure maximum corporation facilitation to the RDA.

The meeting also decided that the CDA and RDA would enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the joint use of waste disposal facilities for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The Minister also directed the Civic bodies as well as the Public-Private Projects Authority to examine the economic viability of the Eastern By-Pass, which was also an important project for the twin cities.


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