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Paper Title
Effects of Infrastructure Development on Health of Ecology (A Case Study of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway Project)
The project under observation is of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway that is a north-south motorway currently under construction in Pakistan. The 91 km long motorway will connect Lahore to Sialkot via Sambrial and is expected to be completed by 30th December 2019 at a cost of ₨ 44 billion (US$420 million). Once completed it will reduce travel time between Sialkot and Lahore to 50 minutes. The motorway is consisting of 4 no of lanes, having 7 - interchanges, 6 - flyovers, 29 - bridges, 36 - underpasses, 33 - cattle creeps and 252 - culverts. In Lahore, the motorway will be linked to the Lahore Ring Road, which will allow motorists direct access to the M2 and N5. The Interchanges given at different locations connects the cities mainly the link roads emanating from N-5. The major cities along the route of the motorway are Lahore, Muridke, Narowal, Wando, Gujranwala, Pasroor, Dhaska, Sambrial and Sialkot. Assessment is needed to be carried out for evaluating the significant effects since it will plays a central role in future safe planning, designing and execution of such infrastructure projects. A worksheet is specially designed for this purpose, applied on the specific LSM Project and a Compliance Index is obtained which clearly indicate the safety level of the particular structure under observation against health of Ecology. A value of overall compliance index is obtained as a result of different compliance indexes for Land use, Crops, Animals & Birds and Environment (Air & Water). Effects on Land use, Crops, Animals & Birds and surrounding environment depends on the physical condition of the project and their design level. The Weighted Compliance Index obtained is calculated automatically with help of the worksheet. The Weighted Compliance Indexes are then combined to give Overall Compliance for each category. Further, the Overall Compliances Indexes of four categories give the Multiple Compliance Index for the whole Project. The value obtained in this context for Multiple Compliance Index is 0.59, that is greater than the Mean Compliance Index (i.e Greater than 0.5). It shows that keeping in view the key questions that were designed to assess effect of infrastructure development on ecology, shows that the project is not good for health of Ecology. Therefore needs close consideration.
Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (LSM), Ecology, Infrastructure Development, Health, Ecology, Evaluation, Motorway, LSM, (M11), Criticality Index, Pakistan
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Paper Id : 61388
Author Name : SAEED JAN
Co-Author Name(s) : Dr Ammad Hassan KhanEngr Kashif Ali
Volume/Issue No : Volume 07 Issue 07
Page No : 47-51
DOI Number : DOI:10.21090/IJAERD.61388
License : This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Impact Factor : 5.71, SJIF-2017
ISSN Details : eISSN: 2348-4470, pISSN:2348-6406