The damaged Transit Camp bridge, which connects the city and cantonment zones, is now being restored, although the project’s future is uncertain in light of the fall of the Punjab Assembly (PA).
The project has received a grant-in-aid from the Punjab government, and the bridge and road repairs are being helped with by Pakistan Railways and the Cantonment Board.
A district administration representative announced that the project’s financing had been released and that work would continue.
Digging took place at the location a few weeks ago, which caused difficulties for road users, notably those traveling from Westridge, Bakery Chowk, and other surrounding districts toward Saddar.
Residents of the Railway Colony, which is close to Bakery Chowk, where railroad workers reside, also reported having trouble getting to work.
An employee of Pakistan Railways claimed that it was difficult to ride a motorcycle in the early morning and late at night on the road from Transit Camp to the railway station.
Another railroad employee claims that traffic is tough for people to use. He stated that since the length of the road was only two or three kilometers total, the administration should complete the restoration as quickly as feasible.
When reached, Pakistan Railways Divisional Superintendent Inamullah informed Dawn that the road between the train station to Transit Camp and the bridge repair work had already started.
He insisted that the road needed to be reconstructed and that the bridge needed to be fixed right away. He said that after the bridge is fixed and the road is restored, the cantonment board and city administration should close it for heavy traffic. He said that only light traffic would be appropriate for the bridge.
If heavy vehicles were forbidden, he claimed, the bridge might be utilized for the subsequent 25 years.
It should be recalled that Pakistan Railways shut down the dilapidated bridge over its major track between Rawalpindi and Peshawar last year as a result of the district administration and the cantonment authorities’ refusal to repair it.
Railway authorities judged the bridge unsafe after its dike wall collapsed in September. Since they must travel a great distance, especially to Peshawar Road, in order to access the cantonment zones, people have been struggling as a result of the bridge’s closure.
The railway track that acts as the dividing line between the city and cantonment areas is crossed by commuters on bridges.