Prime Minister of Pakistan Visits Kalma Chowk Remodeling CBD Punjab Boulevard Project Site


On a visit to Lahore, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, visited the Kalma Chowk Remodeling CBD Punjab Boulevard project site. The project is being carried out by Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), with the aim of remodelling the Kalma Chowk area, including the underpass, road networks, water supply, and drainage lines. The CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, and other senior officials briefed the Prime Minister about the project.

The project began on December 4, 2022, with an initial scheduled completion date of June 2, 2023, and a contract price of Rs 4.2 Billion. However, the project was completed one week ahead of schedule, with no revision of PC1, and well within the allocated budgets and estimates. The contractor for the project is NLC Engineers, and the consultant was NESPAK.

The Kalma Underpass, Ali Zeb underpass, and the CBD Quaid District have all been remodelled, with the road networks totaling 4.98km being rehabilitated. The main Kalma Underpass and allied at-grade roads Ali Zaib Road with Service Lanes are now functional for traffic. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the development pace of the project and lauded the contractor during his visit. He also ordered the hiring of a third-party technical validation consultant for the Kalma Chowk remodeling project and gave the directive to complete the upgradation of Walton Road in two months.

All the water supply, sewerage and drainage lines, and two wells falling under the project area have been upgraded, and a water retention tank with wells at Saint Mary’s Park has also been constructed. The underpasses’ width, Ali Zeb Road width, Main Boulevard width, and Saint Mary’s Road width have been expanded to facilitate the easy flow of ongoing traffic. The entire Kalma underpass was opened for traffic on February 24, 2023, upon the instruction of the Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Naqvi.

During the Prime Minister’s visit, Commissioner Lahore Division Muhammad Ali Randhawa, COO CBD Punjab Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Directorate heads of CBD Punjab, MD Nespak Dr. Tahir Masood, Brigadier Umar Farooqi PD NLC, officials of NLC, NESPAK, and senior government officials were also present.

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