The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has started land demarcation for the Leh Expressway project. The project is divided into city and cantonment areas, where the demarcation of cantonment areas will be completed in the first phase and the identification of land in the second phase by the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation. The Punjab government had allocated Rs55 billion for the Leh Expressway project in the budget of the financial year 2021-22.
The Leh Expressway is an 18km long project that will start from Ammar Chowk and end at IJP Road Islamabad. The project will be completed under public-private partnership (PPP) and will emerge as a game-changer project for the city. The Leh Expressway project will boost economic activities and help in the resolution of many problems like reducing travel times and improving highway safety standards. The project is important because it will help save the city from urban flooding caused by the Nullah Leh in the monsoon season every year.
The properties along the expressway have been declared commercial for the construction of multi-storey towers and plazas. The government has also decided to plant 150,000 fruit-bearing trees to provide shade on both sides of the expressway. The residents of areas that have been demarcated for the construction of the Leh Expressway in the Rawalpindi district have demanded that they should be paid market rates for their properties. In this regard, the price committee has fixed rates of lands along the nullah and will inform people about the rates in different areas.