Foresight and planning
When the frustration and anger at the state of roads in Karachi subsides for a little while, the question still remains: how did this come to pass? There are many reasons, but now you can add another one to the list: the lack of bitumen to carpet the roads.
From The Nation:
“At present the city government requires 100 to 200 tons of bitumen daily for road carpeting and patch working, while the Attock Petroleum provides only 15 to 20 tons daily which falls short of the requirement and halted the work on many projects including construction of University Road, both loops of Hasan Square flyover, Shahrea Pakistan, Sharea Orangi, Korangi 12000 road while the patch working of more than 51 roads has also suffered due to unavailability of bitumen,” the spokesman added.
According to the CDGK spokesman Karachi is only procuring 10% of its bitumen needs. Which essentially means that carpeting roads will take ten times longer than planned.