Karachi to get 4 elevated roads

Just came across this news item in The News.

Thankfully, we will be seeing a resolution to the traffic problems in the main roads, but before that happens, we will all need to brace for almost a year of more extensive jams and very very bad roads.

Get your car suspensions fixed!

KARACHI: The city government, which last week signed an agreement with a Malaysian company for city’s first-ever elevated road, plans construction of four more over next five years.

These mega projects include (i) elevated bridge structure/dual carriageway on Sharea Faisal from Hotel Mehran to Jinnah terminal intersection, about 14km costing Rs3 billion; (ii) elevated bridge structure/dual carriageway on I.I. Chundrigar Road from Hotel Metropole to Merewether Tower, about 3km; (iii) elevated bridge structure/dual carriageway on M.A. Jinnah Road from Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam to Merewether Tower, about 4km and (iv) elevated bridge structure/dual carriageway on Rashid Minhas Road from Sharea Faisal intersection up to Nagan Chowrangi, about 7km.

The contract for conducting a feasibility study on first of the four projects would be awarded soon by Works & Services Group of Offices, CDGK, official sources said.

The process of inviting Expressions of Interest from foreign and local firms for this project is under way.

Shahrea Faisal, which links airport with downtown, remains busy most of the time and faces frequent traffic congestion at rush hours, particularly due to VVIP movement.

11 Comments so far

  1. Map (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

    Wow….pretty impressive atleast our tax payers money is being well spent. I know a lot of people are going to complain, but they are the same ones who complain when nothing is done about the traffic situation. So I say just keep your complaining to your self because it doesnt make things any easier…and just count yourself lucky that your city govt gives a damn.

  2. SWA (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    I am just concerned that the roads passing through M. A. Jinnah Road and I. I. Chundrigar will destroy valuable historic buildings and heritage because it passes through the very center of Karachi’s old city. For some more info about Karachi’s past, go to http://www.historickarachi.com

  3. Kaash (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    I guess I wont visit Karachi for another 5 years…J/K. BTW what exactly is an elevated bridge.dual carriage?? Does it mean an “expressway” or “freeway” with exit and enterance ramps w/o any traffic lights. Sounds gr8..it will totally revamp the look of Karachi but lots a suffering during construction. I remember the Rashid Minhas flyover by NIPA took ages to be finshed so I hope they finish this project in time as planned. Good luck Karachites :)

  4. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:27 pm

    SWA, very nice website. Thanks for posting the link here.

  5. Turab (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    @KAASH, yeah thats freeway, dual carriageway, elevated roads, all the same stuff.

    I am so excited to hear about these projects,
    but then again hopefully the local govt will
    take notice for preserving the heritage buildings
    and sites.

    Kudos to the local and federal government!

  6. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    Pretty insane. The Govt launch/announce projects withough consulting the experts first. I really doubt any feasibility study, Environment Impact Analysis has been done on these projects. This city govt is on a rampage to dig karahci as fast as they can, getting kickbacks in the process.

    One of the project that has been initiated and completed by this government, that is, on sehba akhtar road in gulshan-e-iqbal is a disaster. They have placed a signal with 45 seconds delay inside a residential area which so far has cause more traffic violations than before.

  7. danny (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    @SWA, loved the website — Thanks for sharing!

    A freeway system in Karachi definitely does sound good — the pain endured while its being made should be well worth it.

  8. DarthVader (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 4:05 am

    SWA – thanks for the link – a marvellous site indeed. very very good.

  9. Mohammed (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Hey SWA,
    KUDOS to you my friend. I live in Canada these days and metblogs is my reliable source to whats happening in our great city. But you website just made my day.

  10. SAM (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    The problems of traffic impass in Karachi can only be tackled if mass transit schemes are really worked on fast track basis. The already initiated bypasses (eg. Lyari, Northern) are to be completed within the schedule.

    Karachi can be best served by means of mass transportation system, as being done in other mega cities of the world.

  11. Humayun (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

    Good initiative taken by the government. Pros and cons are there in every project but I think it would bear some long-term benefits to Karachiites. And hopefully no more traffic jams and chaos on a VVIP’s visit to Karachi when this project completes. Definitely moving in the right direction.

    Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!


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