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Posted on February 4, 2010
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Owais Mughal

This is one topic I’ve been wanting to write about for a while now. But instead of me writing on it, we want to do an experiment here. We would like our readers to tell us what do they know about the project. I will then compile the information collected from your replies here and I am sure in few days we’ll have a treasure of knowledge on this project. This will test the power of our little blogistan where everyone contributes. Your participation is a key here. Try to send authentic information – suni sunaai pe naa jaaeN. The idea is that overtime this post will grow into a information storehouse on Lahore Ring Road Project.

Following photo of a completed interchange on LRR appeared in print media on February 2, 2010.

I will also chip in with whatever information I can research. If you live in Lahore, you can share your experience about ongoing construction. You can send links to project maps, construction photos, tell us about portions that have been completed, any story about people who got affected by the project’s right-of-way, environmental impact of the project, politics (if any) about the project etc.

OK lets start and see this post grow. What do you have to say? Anything below this paragrpah will be yours and mine contribution. You can communicate via comments.

Project Chronology

1983-84: The Lahore Ring Road project was first conceived around this time as a bypass to Lahore city and ease congestion on inner city roads. It is unclear that who came up with the idea of this project but it was around this time that the project made news in media.

1991:JICA, an institution of Japan, proposed a road-loop in the city and the World Bank prepared a feasibility report on a 60 km ring road around the city.

1992: Changes made to the initial JICA/World Bank design. Details of changes unknown. Readers’ help needed.

1995: This circumference of LRR later increased to 77 km when Lahore Development Authority (LDA) included Raiwind road in the design.

1997:The feasibility of LRR design made by Lahore Development Authority got finalized.

1999: Changes are made to project design. Details unknown.

December 22, 2004: Pervaiz Musharaf, the then President of Pakistan performs the ground breaking ceremony of the project.

2007: Changes are made to the design fourth time. Details unknown.

December 2007: Government of the Punjab awards the project’s Southern Loop Feasibility Study and Selection of Route to NESPAK.

December 31, 2008: This was the original date set for project completion when it started on December 22, 2004

July 30, 2009: Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab Chief Minister, inaugurates the Saggian Interchange of Lahore Ring Road. The Saggian interchange includes 1.08 km long portion of the main Ring Road, 2.12 km outfall road, a flyover, two subways and two utility culverts. The project also includes landscaping, development of service areas and bus-bays.

August 6, 2009: Work started on Package 6 and 7. The length of ring road in this section is 4.5 km with 1.8 km long access to Allama Iqbal International Airport.

September 7, 2009: A public hearing was held for the Lahore Ring Road Packages 10, 15, 16 and 17 at Alhamra Cultural Complex. The presentation was made by Engineer Jawad Ahmad Khan and Sociologist Sheraz Hussain of NESPAK. Various officials from the Environment Protection Department and Communication and Works Department, Government of the Punjab attended the presentation along with stakeholders.

October 26, 2009: Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif met with a delegation of China State Construction & Engineering Company led by its Vice-President of Overseas Department Mr Wang Li. Possible cooperation from the Chinese company was discussed for the Lahore Ring Road Project.

February 10, 2010: Package 6 of Lahore Ring Road is inaugurated.

Project Cost:

NESPAK website lists the cost of 19 packages of Lahore Ring Road Project (as shown in NLC map 3 below) as USD359 million.

Project Maps:

Please click on the maps below to see their larger and better readable images.

(1) Current Project Map Following map comes from National Logistics Cell (NLC)’s website and the consensus is that this is the current and most accurate map of the project.

(2) Google Earth map. Taken from SkyscraperCity page here.

(3) Older Map Following map comes from NESPAK’s website.

We want to caution readers that this is not the latest plan. Shown here as part of history of the project so that we get to know what all other plans were made for the project.

(4) Older Map This is the map of the project from an earlier plan. We are grateful to our reader ‘momers’ who guided me to this map. This map seems to have come from print media and is probably the most commonly found map of LRR on the web. Another contrbutor ‘Strong Hearted’ says about this map that this was an earlier plan. The ring road will not pass from the middle of the city as shown in the map below.

Useful Photo Links to the Project:

1. SkyScraperCity :Several Photos of LRR during its constuction phase – dated 2009-2010
2. One more page at Skyscrapercity on Lahore Ring Road Project and several other Lahore projects.
3. Urbanpk Forum: Has news, maps and discussion about Lahore Ring Road Project.
4. Lahore Ring Road photos at photobucket
5. Someone with the screen name of ‘lakar mandi’ has collected several photos of under construction LRR and shown them as a slide set on youtube. see below:


1. Lahore Ring Road, a distant dream? by Wasim-ur-Rehman Khan
2. National Engineering Services Pakistan, Ltd (NESPAK)
3. National Logistics Cell (NLC)
4. Lahore Master Plan map by Lahore Real Estate – This is not a map by an official agency but it shows the alignment of Lahore Ring Road pretty well.
5. Shahbaz Inaugurates Package VI of Lahore Ring Road
6. Ring Road Plan Modified – Length Shortened - Dawn September 7, 2005

69 comments posted

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  1. March 11th, 2010 10:47 am

    Ring road project is mega project in Pakistan.Structural Designing is so beautiful and good.I Pray for this Project ALLAH complete this Project in time.working Speed is so good.

  2. momers says:
    March 10th, 2010 1:47 am


    agreed, there ought to be better …nay…SOME traffic management around where they are working. The airport interchange recently inaugurated had random wrong way traffic on one way roads…quite a hazard…

  3. Khuram says:
    March 2nd, 2010 12:32 pm

    Ring Road Lahore is a misnomer as apart from its point of origin it passes through the populated areas.So the “google concept” dies its death.The stretch pointed out by one commentator, appears to has been laid just to follow that “concept”. Apparently the cost of this stretch is more than the original layout of Ring Road project.By the way it was inaugurated prematurely as traffic is allowed on only two side roads.We would wait and see the utility of two huge but ugly flyovers.I went to see this stretch and was disappointed to see scafoldings on the open- for- traffic roads, with work still in progress.It should be worth a visit Mr.Mughal.Regards

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    February 18th, 2010 11:22 am

    October 26, 2009 is added in the chronology section,

  5. Strong Hearted says:
    February 18th, 2010 2:34 am

    Dear mr weakhearted, u really have no idea of wht RING ROAD means. so better google the concept of RING ROAD before u post ur comment! then u will have an idea wht was the purpose of making a network of roads at that point! i really feel pity for such type of people in our society!

  6. Weakhearted says:
    February 17th, 2010 11:51 am

    The photos at urbanpk say it all.I use New Airport Road daily and I have seen it being turned from a simple efficient straight road to a complicated monster irrelevant from commuter’s point of view.A number of roads have been added from Burki Road to DHA Broadway for the reason best known to the designers.It is a total waist of money.I am witness to the material used and now the haste to complete.My advice to people is to avoid over head bridges and underpasses on this stretch as far as possible.I commuted on this road for ten years now and now I avoid using it.Make up your own mind.Mr.Owais Mughal you are doing great service to people of Lahore.

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    February 17th, 2010 11:12 am

    Strong hearted. point well taken on 600+ photos. I agree it is not trivial to add captions on so many photos :)

    Thanks for mentioning about the total length of Project as 104 km.

    Is it true that southern loop will have 4 packages ?

  8. Strong Hearted says:
    February 17th, 2010 10:48 am

    @Owais Mughal :
    if u have gone through my album at photobucket ,u must have noticed that my bucket consists of ~600 images of LRR(from differenc U/C packages of the project) that i uploaded in last 1 month, so its not easy for me to add a separate caption for each pic :( thats why i earlier said to go through the thread of LRR at Mehfil Pakistan-SSC , i have posted the images at that thread with a proper sequence , showing images of a particular interchange/package and mentioning which interchange/package these pictures are of!

    anyhows for further easiness of the viewers i will try to add caption to each pic as soon as i get time :)

    and let me clarify here that total length of LRR will be 104 km including the southern loop

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