Plan to build tunnel for Pakistan MPs shelved

The MPs sought tunnel for their safe movement to Parliament Lodges.

Updated: May 21, 2011, 16:44 PM IST

Islamabad: A plan to build a tunnel to provide safe passage to Pakistani lawmakers from the Parliament House to their suites has been shelved, a media report said on Saturday.

"Some security departments have certain concerns over the construction of the proposed tunnel," Dawn quoted Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman Imtiaz Inyat Ellahi as saying.

Ellahi said there was a plan to build the tunnel but its cost estimates and designing had not been done.

The MPs had demanded construction of the tunnel for their safe movement from Parliament House to Parliament Lodges which are located at a distance of about 500 feet.

The Parliament Lodges have about 365 executive suites that are allotted to lawmakers when sessions of the two houses are in progress.