Civic Center Flyover – Solution or Problem

The construction of flyovers at Civic Center and National Stadium was supposed to regulate the flow of traffic, and it probably did for some time, but yesterday evening I was in the middle of a congestion on the top of National Stadium fly over bridge. The bumper-to-bumper traffic extended all the way to Civic Center.

The thing is, if you are going straight then fly over will get you across the University Road intersection without stopping, but if you are turning on the University Road, then you have to stop like you did before the flyover. I noticed yesterday that more than half of the vehicles on Stadium Road were waiting to make the turn. That’s what caused the bottleneck. Now I don’t know how the flyover was planned, but if it doesn’t solve the problem of 50% of vehicles then it’s not really a solution.

So what can we do about it? Nothing, I’m afraid. If you must take that route then make sure your air conditioning is working and your radio is loud enough to keep you from getting bored.

Happy Commuting.

11 Comments so far

  1. FAYLASUF (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

    Umar, i think none of us can even dream of goin out in Kara-city wid out nice stock of music and in smooth Air Conditioning

    offcourse the trafimess in our city is not the only thing, the ripper roads are killin the automobiles and that is a different subject altogether

    just keep the tummy of yr car filled wid gasoline

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    Traffic jam on National Stadium is a norm, at least I have experienced it whenever I have commuted through that route. That’s why I prefer to go under it rather than climbing and getting stuck in the middle.

    The reason(s), well, flyovers are built to reduce traffic flow but if you notice the recently built flyovers in the city, be it National Stadium or Hasan Square, they are creating bottlenecks at points where vehicles coming down the flyover meet vehicles comeing from the left. That, and ever going work on the flyovers.

    It has been pointed out several times that solution of Karachi’s traffic mess is not a chain of flyovers and underpasses but an efficient mass transit system. However, as the ruling party is busy in minting money from contractors and suppliers, nothing can be done on this issue :(

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    the day these flyovers were opened for traffic i had pointed out these flaws… city govt just had to spend the billions that were alloted for karachi… otherwise if not spend they’ve to be returned back to finance ministry and reissued in next budget.. they’re just spending it on every flawed project and in the end making hue and cry that karachi isn’t getting enough funds … in my view karachi should gets its due share but the policy makers and city’s stake holders should take expert opinion into consideration before initiating mega projects in which billions go down the drain and the problem still stays there…. this latest elevated expressway issue is being eagerly initiated coz of the millions that are at stake for the MQM lead govt….

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    Poor planning, and wrong designing.

    I hope many of use who travel around the world have noticed that there are no parallel tracks to under pass or an over pass. Parallel tracks exist for service, utility and emergency vehciles, only.

    The Public transport mini-buses, taxis, & Rickshaws make use of those parallel tracks and cause major chaos.

    Am sure many of us have noticed that the civic centre over pass is 3 lane entry and 2 lane exit,.either way.

    Initially Stadium over pass WAS a serious under 30 degrees at curve when it was pointed out by a FWO (responsible for Highway network of Pakistan) survey Team, the CDGK termed that as “army trying to sabotage the karachi development program”.

    BUT FWO put up a summary to Corps Commander who called upon NON-Fucntional Doctor – Governer of Sindh and in less the 72 hours Stadium fly over demolition work started and redesigned.

    No wonder Civic centre over pass is ignored altogether or there is a deal struck between contractor and the 90., and FWO given a lollipop for rework on University road.

    EVEN if now CDGK traffic engineering bureau act, and block the parallel tracks as throughfare, restricting the parallel tracks access to make dedicated right and left turns only, problem would be resolved.

    Those who miss the bridge entry either way for straight access but wish to go straight shall take left turn proceed and make a U turn double back and make a left again., this would work for both civic centre and stadium over passes.

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    @jamal well contractor=90 … they’ve created a dummy company which wins all the contracts and tenders… in past corruption officials use to take commission on awarding of tenders.. now they take the whole tender/contract instead of mere commission….

  6. karachiite (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 2:00 am

    The right turn loops are due to be built later. The flyover is not finished yet. There were issues with getting the land that delayed it.

  7. naveed (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    Some of us need to learn the basics of town planning and stop involving stupid political parties in everything. Many flyovers are designed to cater to one or two sides of a roundabout. The only exceptions are star shaped flyovers that cater to all sides (i think the sohrab goth flyover is an example.) The point is even if the flyover is catering to 50-75% of the traffic it is still a very good solution (if not a perfect solution.) The said flyover was part of a signal free corridore which does not include the university road turn hence it will be addressed in some later project. Menwhile the rest of the traffic (which include me) can heave a sigh of relief.
    @kashif: i think every one must learn the basic fact that there is no single panacea for karachi’s traffic problems. Mumbai has a well-utilised mass transit, yet it has more flyovers (and probably more underpasses) than karachi and yet it has more traffic jam!!! Thats because every thing caters to a different aspect of the traffic jam issue and all solutions have to be developed. AFAIK a mass transit scheme for karachi is also on the anvil which includes kcr and buses. It will probably be initated by the federal govt.
    @jamal: I don’t know when the national stadium flyover was demolished even though i take that route every day but what i do know is that it was built by the paf and not the city govt. and was contracted to nespak which is a wellknown construction company. FWO cannot have a panga with paf or nespak. are you sure you are not confusing it with liaquatabad underpass?

  8. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 8:04 am

    A post made without having enough information. The second phase of this project has already started and it will finish by MAY. Once the bridge is complete, you will be able to turn right (if u r heading towards Nipa)

  9. udass (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    @zeeshan, u r right
    thats why the civic centre fly over has 3-Lanes when it starts and 2-lanes when it ends and in between there r also 3-lanes! and if any one have ever noticed there are some iron rods coming out of the bridge if u r coming from sabzi mandi and turn left towards lalokheit 10 number, which will obvoiusly left there for making a turn from fly over towards nipa.

  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

    @ Naveed check out archieves of DAWN you will find the fotos of demolition of 8 pillars and perlins of NATIONAL STADIUM FLY OVER in 2005 shortly before ramzan.

    NESPAK & FWO Stepped forward on the design flaw Took a stand on that and contractor is same who cemented up the civic centre flyover, where from PAF jummped in ?? is it because that area is under administration of Cantonment Board Faisal.

    PAF fly over is on shahrae faisal on the PAF Base Faisal Entry point and across the road their colony which have allocated SOME portion of their garrison land in August 2006 to CDGK for ramps of fly over entry & exit points.

  11. naveed (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    @jamal: yep i remember now. stadium road flyover was also built by cdgk and it was the other flyover which paf built. it was completed the earliest of all the six “passes” thats what created the confusion in my memory.

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