Lahore (Muhammad Yasir)
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) also known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), is set to embark on the Walton Road upgradation project. In this regard, CBD Punjab has organized a public hearing session to discuss the project’s environmental aspects and obtain environmental approval in a bid to ensure transparency and gather valuable feedback. The public hearing session was attended by representatives from the Technical Directorate of CBD Punjab, Environment Protection Agency Punjab (EPA), Walton Cantonment Board (WCB), local residents, and Walton Road community representatives. The technical team of CBD Punjab provided insights about the project, emphasizing that it aims to address the long-standing sewage and drainage issues of Walton Road. The Walton Road upgradation project aims to address long-standing issues of sewage and drainage system. CBD Punjab plans to implement a separate sewage system, diverting it from ADA Nullah, and establish a dedicated sewage line from Walton Road to Hadyara Drain. ADA Nullah will be exclusively utilized for rainwater. Additionally, CBD Punjab will remodel Walton Road, while incorporating protected U-turns, underpasses, and overhead bridges. The project will also focus on creating green spaces and plantations to enhance the environment. These improvements will result in uniform traffic flow, reduce congestion, and combat environmental hazards. While talking on the occasion Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, COO of CBD Punjab, said, “We are committed to resolving the longstanding issues faced by the residents of Walton Road. Through this upgradation project, CBD Punjab aims to create a modern and sustainable environment that prioritizes the well-being of the community.” Executive Director Technical CBD Punjab, Riaz Hussain said that the authority will work in full swing while utilizing all available resources for the timely completion of this project. Residents of Walton Road expressed their concerns about the recurrent flooding and the mixing of sewage water with drinking water during heavy rainfall causing serious health problems. They highlighted the damage caused to the surrounding areas due to overflowing sewage water. Once the ADA Nullah issue is resolved, it will be a blessing for the inhabitants of Walton Road. The project is expected to combat health and environmental issues while facilitating smoother traffic flow and reducing traffic congestion. The people living around the vicinity of Walton Road have shown complete trust in the authority’s ability to address these persistent issues. CBD Punjab is dedicated in ensuring the successful completion of the Walton Road upgradation project, thereby bringing a positive change and improved living conditions to the area.