Margalla Avenue was a part of Islamabad map that was prepared in 1960 while the construction of the project remained stalled. According to sources, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) only wanted to construct 10km from G.T. Road to D-12 and left the second package up to Satra Meel for the next project. However, the present government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) decided to construct the 32km long road from Sangjani area G.T. Road to Satra Meel.

Prime Minister Imran Khan performed ground-breaking of Islamabad-Margalla Highway, Margalla Avenue on Monday April 19th, 2021.

The project construction remained hindered for a long duration due to some disputes between CDA and contractor of Margalla Road project. However, recently CDA has revealed the settlement of a long-standing dispute between both groups. The project will be carried out through the Ministry of Defense due to presence of certain strategic and defense communication infrastructures and installations in several areas of the alignment of the project.

Earlier, Margalla Avenue was supposed to be linked with Murree Road at Bhara Kahu area while a change in alignment has been decided to overcome the expected traffic congestion. Thus, Margalla Avenue will be linked with Murree Road after crossing Bara Kahu. The nearby place includes various sectors of Islamabad such as C-13, C-14, C-15, C-16, and D-12.

Margalla Avenue Project is divided into 4 Segments:

  • Segment 1 (10.5km) – GT Road to D-12
  • Segment 2 (16km)
  • Segment 3 (Under Design)
  • Segment 4 (8.5km) – Murree Road to 17 Meel

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The modified plan of Margalla Avenue would be a beneficial project for both twin cities in following ways:

  • Create more job opportunities with the development of new industries.

  • Connect existing Khayaban-i-Iqbal to Murree Road via Bari Imam.

  • Phase II of Islamabad on N-5 National Highway will be connected to different sectors of Islamabad.

  • Provide alternate ways to access M1 Motorway, Islamabad International Airport, and Rawalpindi Ring Road.

  • Reduce travel time from sector D-12 to D-17 and B-17.

  • Reduce traffic load as it is heavy load restricted.
  • Investment in nearby sectors would result in long-term benefits.