Although we still don’t know exactly how it is going to work, the folks running the city are seriously thinking about it. And no they are not only thinking about it, they are all set to do something about it.

I am talking about the elevated highway over Sharae Faisal, a MEGA project. The so-called Mass Transit System.

If it does get built, it is “likely” to take three to four years. This means more trouble for commuters, and it sends shivers down my spine just thinking about driving through dug up SF for four years. But look at the other side of the picture. Four years later, end of traffic jams!

14 Comments so far

  1. Neena (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    A while ago I heard about Light Rail system for Karachi which is the only long term solution for todays urban cities. Anyone knows, what happened to it?

  2. Mo (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    Kuch Panay Kay Liye Kuch Khona Bhi Parta Hai! :P. Happens everywhere bro, even in places like the states and Canada. I can say from experience that a highway section and i mean prob like 400 m took the construction guys 1.5 yrs to build, and this is the busiest highway in the N.America the 401 in Toronto. The underpass took what 10 months which was a big project for a 3rd world country anyways. Anyways atleast they are spending tax payers money instead of pocketing it.

  3. TURAB (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    ^^^ MO thank you bro for snatching the words out of my mouths,,, my goodness people are bitchy, arrogant and very self centered…. sabar naam ki cheez hi nahien hai

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Not only on SF but it will also cause a carnage on the side roads, artieris and blah blah. 4 years is long period, kaun jeeta hay teri zulf k sar honay tak. Basically they would take this as campaign slogan in the upcoming elections.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    good yaar! just look at how the situation has been resolved at the signal free corridor from site to SF… it takes time, but does better always.

    in another case study.. anyone even remember what the intersection at baloch colony flyover used to be like?! and look at it now :D

  6. karachiite (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    The elevated expressway is NOT the Karachi Mass Transit System; the KMTP would be a network of light trains while the elevated expressway is a road. For more information go here:

    Karachi Elevated Expressway

    Karachi Mass Transit System (This has not been finalized)

  7. Ahmad (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Isn’t it an expensive solution? What happened to light rail system, the actual “mass transit” system planned?

  8. Sufi (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    Not sure how much of SF will be affected. Last I heard the elevated highway was to be made on the vacant land parallel to the railway tracks running on SF.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    this project is being built to minimize cruel incidents like the one which happened last April in which KU’s student lost her life while her ambulance was stuck in a traffic intersection in honor of Mush…. maybe once its built then Mush can zap pass SF without killing any one…

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Student dies during VIP movement


  11. SWA (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:36 am

    Mass Transit Corridor 1 is a light rail corridor from Sohrab Goth to Tower along M A Jinnah Rd.: Intensely needed, but never actually started.

    2) I doubt it will be constructed entirely on site making big traffic headaches. I think it will mostly be built out of precast sections which will be transported and just installed on site. Hopefully it wont cause too much trouble.

    3) There is going to be a toll on this expwy, I hope it isnt more than Rs. 10-15 or not many people would use it.

    I am all FOR this project. GO KARACHI!

  12. unkown (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 7:28 am

    good to hear that development is going on to resolve the urbanization issues ( but is it really a development? ). I am just wondering what will all these roads be like in few years after completion.. logon ko gardi chalanay ki tameez toh hai nahi… road pe road banatay jao.. i dont know how much will that new project is going to help. its more important to focus on creating a civic sense in our so called clever but ignorant public rather expanding the road networks.

    i agree, expansion is important but aweareness is more important.

  13. Imran (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm
  14. zeeshan (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    How can they block SF? Or how can they afford to get SF f**ed up!? They can not do that because that area comes under the ARMY and we see VVIP movements on SF ever now and then. They MUST have a very good, fool-proof program to avoid any screw up on SF!

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