On Wednesday, Mohsin Naqvi, the caretaker chief minister of Lahore, formally opened the Gulshan Ravi-Samanabad underpass to traffic. During the launching ceremony, the CM announced that the underpass is expected to be used daily by more than 200,000 vehicles. He also emphasized the construction project’s difficulties. Including the relocation of significant sewer lines and other utility services and strong storms.
Although the original completion date for the underpass construction project was set for September 30th, the government took steps to speed up the project. Work on the underpass began in December of the previous year. Notably, the underpass cost Rs1.8318 billion, which is notable for being the first project to save 78 mature trees. This accomplishment was made possible by modifying the project’s design without adding new costs.
The goal of Gulshan Ravi-Samanabad underpass is to link samanbad with gulshan Ravi(from Samanabad Mor/Multan Road). Each side is 220 meters long, giving it a total length of 440 meters. The underpass is appropriate for the smooth passage of large vehicles due to its 12.3-meter width and 5.1-meter height. Four service lanes have also been built along the underpass, each measuring 6.6 meters wide (two meters on each side).
The project’s scope included several auxiliary tasks, such as moving Water and Sanitation Agency-related utilities such as trunk sewer, drainage, and electrical work. This project will benefit Samanabad, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Tauheed Park, Yateem Khana, and the surrounding districts.