Work starts on CBD Boulevard, Kalma Chowk underpass remodelling project


The Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) issued a work order for the restoration and building of CBD Boulevard and the Kalma Chowk Underpass project, according to news sources. 

Under the plan, the CBD has encouraged the municipal administration to design a traffic diversion strategy and restrict motors coming and leaving towards the Center Point and Main Boulevard. During the first phase of the reconstruction, the administration has chosen to close the Kalma Chowk Underpass to all traffic for a month. 

•      One side of Main Boulevard will be open to traffic between Barkat Market to Liberty Market while construction is underway. 

•      The Service Lane will remain open to traffic from Ali Zaib Road, Barkat Market, Firdous Market,  and Ferozepur Road. 

•      Traffic will be detoured around Gaddafi Stadium from Model Town to Liberty. 

•      The proposal also features a clear path for the Falcon Society residents. 

Moreover, the sources said that in order to avoid inconvenience for commuters, the authorities intend to close the roads for a set period of time-based on the progress of the construction work. 

Last month, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Pervaiz Elahi laid the foundation for the rebuilding of the Kalma Chowk underpass in order to address the city’s growing traffic difficulties. 

The project, according to reports, will take 10 months to complete and will cost PKR 4.2 billion. The project will begin with the Kalma Chowk Underpass, which will be separated from the first underpass access to Lahore’s Central Business District. Another underpass will be built on the way from Centre Point to Firdous Market. 

Furthermore, commuters and citizens will have access to the following provisions: 

•      A daily traffic handling capability of nearly 250,000 vehicles 

•      LED streetlights 

•      Two-lane dual carriageway 

•      sewage and drainage underground 

•      •At-grade construction on Gulberg Main Boulevard 

It is vital to note that CBD is a component of the Lahore sustainable development projects, which now comprise the city’s first downtown development.