Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) mega projects have been officially been accepted which includes Leh Nullah Expressway and Rawalpindi Ring Road after getting approval from Punjab Planning and Development Board. However, it dropped the plan of establishing special economic zones along Ring Road.

The authority’s governing body meeting, which was the 56 meeting of RDA, was held on Thursday in the Commissioner’s office with Chairman Tariq Mehmood Murtaza presiding it; additionally, in the presence of Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, who holds extra charge of director general of RDA.

RDA mega projects approval such as Rawalpindi Ring Road and Leh Nullah Expressway and Flood Channel is the government’s gift to the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad as stated by Mr. Mehmood.

Rawalpindi Ring Road (R3) project’s PC-I for land acquisition worth Rs6 billion has been approved and its construction PC-I worth Rs25 billion was approved by Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) and sent for final approval to Central Development Working Party (CDWP) for final approval.

Earlier, the provincial government had decided to establish Special Economic Zones (SEZs) alongside Ring Road and shift grain, vegetable and fruit markets, and goods transport services besides warehouses there.