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Rawalpindi Ring Road

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Rawalpindi Ring Road
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Length38.3 km (23.8 mi)
Highway names

Rawalpindi Ring Road also known as Rawalpindi–Islamabad Ring Road, is a 38.3 kilometer orbital highway in Pakistan between the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.[1] Work on the highway started in March 2022,[2] it is currently under construction, upon completion the highway will have six lanes. The ring road will start from Channi Sher Alam bridge near Rawat and end near Thalian interchange close to the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway. The project was originally proposed in 1991,[3] under the government of Nawaz Sharif,[4] however due to political turmoil the project never materialized. During Shahbaz Sharif's visit to China in 2010 as Chief Minister of Punjab, the project was discussed between Pakistani and Chinese authorities to secure funding.[5] In 2017, the project was again briefed to the Asian Development Bank to secure funding for the project.[6]



Islamabad–Rawalpindi metropolitan area, consisting of the twin cities of Islamabad & Rawalpindi, is the third largest populated metropolitan area in Pakistan.[7] The twin cities are connected to the major economic centers of Pakistan through N-5 National Highway, an important bottleneck on the route of the national highway is the main city area of Rawalpindi, the Rawalpindi Ring Road, also known as the R3 project, was initiated to ease the flow of traffic.

Route Redirection Scandal


In 2018, a fresh Project concept (PC-1) feasibility report was undertaken by the Punjab Government, due to the previously conducted feasibility reports deemed old. In April 2021, the bidding process was put on hold and Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry into the alleged route change of the project to benefit private housing schemes and government officials.[8] The country's top anti graft body NAB also took notice of the alleged scam and initiated an inquiry.[9] The main opposition party called for the removal of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari and Federal Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan as the main beneficiaries of the scam.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistani's and Human Resource Development, Zulfi Bhukari, resigned on 17 May from his position, citing the allegation of scam against him.[10]


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  2. ^ "Work on Rawalpindi Ring Road formally kicks off". The Express Tribune. 2022-03-22. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  3. ^ Yasin, Aamir (2018-12-14). "Rawalpindi Ring Road project approved". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  4. ^ Yasin, Aamir (2018-12-14). "Rawalpindi Ring Road project approved". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  5. ^ Newspaper, the (2010-12-30). "China last hope for Pindi's Ring Road". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  6. ^ Yasin, Aamir (2017-03-28). "ADB briefed on Rawalpindi Ring Road Project". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  7. ^ "Project Summary Information (PSI)" (PDF).
  8. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (2021-04-27). "Ring Road project bidding process called off". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  9. ^ "Ring Road scam". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  10. ^ Dawn.com (2021-05-17). "Zulfi Bukhari resigns as PM's aide over allegations in Ring Road scam case". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-03-29.