According to news published on April 18th, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has given the green light for a consultancy firm to be hired in order to connect Margalla Avenue with the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M-1) by building a 3.4-kilometre stretch of road.
It has been reported that the proposed road segment spans across both Rawalpindi (1.8 kilometers) and Islamabad (1.6 kilometers). The governing body responsible for the project has enlisted the services of Engineering Consultancy Services Punjab (ECSP) to develop the portion that falls under the jurisdiction of Islamabad. ECSP's responsibilities will encompass the comprehensive design of the road project, assessing its environmental impact, cost estimation, creating tender documents, and supervising the construction of the road.
During a recent meeting, it was pointed out that the CDA invited bids exclusively from state-owned companies. In March 2022, the ECSP submitted a financial bid for the entire road, which falls within both Islamabad and Rawalpindi. However, the consultancy firm later modified its proposal in April and submitted a bid worth PKR 78.75 million for the 1.6-kilometre stretch of road in Islamabad. The CDA board gave its approval to the revised proposal during the meeting and instructed the engineering wing to commence the consultancy work at the earliest.