The Punjab government has recently announced the completion of the Cavalry underpass, a vital project that is now open for public traffic. According to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), the underpass was finished in an impressive 2.5 months, much ahead of the initially estimated 6 months. Caretaker CM Punjab Mohsin Naqvi inaugurated the underpass, marking a significant milestone in urban development.
The LDA highlighted that the Cavalry underpass is designed to provide a seamless, signal-free corridor stretching from Center Point to Defence. A remarkable time-lapse video showcases the transformation in traffic flow before and after the completion of this crucial underpass.
The Cavalry Underpass, measuring 540 meters in length and 15.8 meters in width, is expected to facilitate the daily passage of around 2-lac vehicles. This not only eases traffic congestion but also contributes to substantial fuel savings and improved air quality in the surrounding areas, including Gulberg, Kalma Chowk, CBD, Cantt, Cavalry Ground, DHA and Walton.
In addition to the Cavalry Underpass, ongoing work on the Ghora Chowk Flyover and Walton Road is progressing. The government has provided anticipated completion dates for these projects:
Walton Road is Expected to be ready for traffic by January 31, 2024.
CBD Main Boulevard will be revealed on December 31, 2023.
Ghora Chowk Flyover Set to open to the public by December 7, 2023.
Commencing in September 2023, the construction of these projects aimed to alleviate traffic issues in the area. Notably, Cavalry Ground Chowk experienced severe traffic congestion during rush hours, causing inconvenience for daily commuters and posing environmental threats due to increased pollution.
The demand for the Cavalry underpass was a longstanding one, addressing the persistent traffic woes in the region. The Ghora Chowk flyover was also a necessary addition to enhance traffic management. Walton Road, being a significant link between DHA and Ferozepur Road, faced constant heavy traffic. With the timely completion of these projects, a continuous flow of traffic is anticipated, relieving the burden on adjacent roads.
Companies and authorities involved in these projects ensured efficient and rapid completion within approximately three months, providing a promising solution for enhanced traffic management in the area.