Lyari Expressway- the Human Factor

According to this report, the Lyari Expressway has already missed two deadlines and now plans to open the southbound section running from Sohrab Goth to Mauripur for traffic by end of 2007.

The major hindrance in its completion, according to Lieutenant Colonel Adil Khan, the Commanding Officer of the FWO overseeing its construction, are the land owners who refuse to vacate the site without adequate compensation. These people who are entitled to another plot and a cheque of Rs. 50,000 have become victims to the bureaucratic management at the office of Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project’s commissioner’s who blames the Revenue Department for not providing him with the lists of people whose claims had to be settled.

Here, Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project boasts that the displaced citizens have already been compensated and Hawke’s Bay and Qaiser Town have been developed to settle the displaced people. At the time this report, was published on 14th Mrach, 2002, the Hawkesbay Land was disputed and Qaiser Town had not been fully transferred from the Board of Revenue. I wonder how much progress has been made on that.

As has been the practice in similar situations in the past, these people will be forced to move out when their houses will be bulldozed and they will be left with no where to go. Lyari Expressway will be a blessing to many a Karachiites but for some, it is nothing but a homelessness warrant from hell.

Some people may argue that a lot of these areas are probably encroachments that the government has the right to demolish. But then it is also the government’s duty to provide adequate housing for these families. Otherwise, they will have no choice but to make illegal encroachments elsewhere.

It is about time that the planners of the city did something with all the variables in mind, specially the human factor. If not, all the developments would amount to nothing.

Sources: Dawn, Wikipedia

9 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    majority of the people moved from river bed areas to near Hawksbay has been a great success story… only a few residents with more pakka homes are facing such problems…. so all in all its not all that bad as it could have been….

  2. Kashif Wohara (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    Our maid lost her house due to Layari express way when she went to collect money for the demolished house they ask her to pay 20K as a bribe.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    i have used the expressway’s completed section from dalda factor intersection all the way to jinnah bridge…. and honestly its the best road in karachi… only road that could be truly called a road here in karachi…(although from shershah signal to dalda factory intersection its a nightmare )…

    its still uncomplete but i manage to save substantial amount of time daily by taking this route…

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    A good informative post, specially that wiki entry about the issue but my friend my condition was not different than those liyarianz when one of the shopkeeper at Gol market told me that chilgoza are 1500/kg and akhroot 845/kg now. Dry attitude of dry fruit sellers;/. I prefered to buy Mor-muray of Rs.30 and got back to home.

    And those who are missing “Cafe Piyala” or didn’t get chance to visit it, Yes it’s back now. You can enjoy their famous chai with anda ghotala and paratha. Same maza,Same location!

  5. SWA (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    I think the federal govt should make sure that whatever needs to be done to finish this project is done in the best way possible and QUICK. This cost of this project has already escalated several-fold due to delays, and this project needs to be finished before the cost rises even further.

  6. SWA (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    Also, I dont understand why there are only four interchanges throughout the road whereas it crosses a large number of very important city arteries.

  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    interchanges might be added on later like its being done with motorway…

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    Our maid lost her house and sent to hawks bay. Now she has to change 3 buses to come to work. She has only got land – no financial compensation for building etc.

  9. raheel (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 10:55 am

    ur site is providing good knowledge but also add about some other porojets completing or those which are done.

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