Rashid Minhas Road – Plan alternatives!

The past few days have seen some heavy machinery move around Rashid Minhas road and the Millennium Mall intersection. Today I saw a sign that road “Askari 4 Flyover under construction”.

I assume that this flyover will start somewhere near the PSO petrol pump and extend beyond Millennium Mall and Johar More. Alternative tracks to Dalmia road is already being laid from inside the service lane on the PSO side, and the Millenium Mall parking has been dug up to make way for incoming traffic from Dalmia Road while the construction takes place.

If you live in or near this area, or use this route, start making alternative travel plans that keep into account the added traffic load that those roads will face. Rashid Minhas road, which has been facing severe traffic jams for almost over a year now, will be rendered useless for almost a good part of the year when construction commences.

6 Comments so far

  1. cremastor (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    well the real problem is the millineum mall.now i am not a student of urban development…but i do realize it was a mistake making that mall on an intersection…whoever gave the approval should be sought..also there is another mall destined to cause further trouble next to the millenium mall…not that the illegal parking infront of millineum mall is causing enough havoc…
    same ol problem…trying to control something that was already flawed…what is the city govt gonna do make flyovers over every intersection in karachi?…money wasted once again…btw where is all the money for these projects coming from?…ie where does the citygovt get its revenue from…hopefully they will not pass on a debt to the next govt…

  2. Saad (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    While it is good to hear of an another bridge in Karachi, question is how can we bypass quality. On a recent trip to Karachi, I noticed the worst craftmenship on the Stadium road bridge. This other one just down the road from this new project, on the intersection of Rashid Minhas and Shahra-e-Faisal, there is a massive hole.

    Do we only want bridges to last till elections?

    Do we conduct environmental aspects of these bridges?

    Do we undertake studies to indentify areas with priority?

    It is internationally recognised that more roads lead to higher traffic levels. When will we train our drivers to stop acting like bunch of twats and be grateful to be enjoying the privelage of driving?

    There are a lot more questions to be asked but my point is developed countries did not reach to a good driving standard in the middle. They started with it. We have bypassed all laws and rules to get to our destinations a couple of minutes early and spending a lot more in fuel. Is it really worth it?

    Where are we headed as a nation?

    Rise up Karachi!

  3. Balma (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    Even if you build a flyover or underpass at every intersection in Karachi, our uneducated and educated jahils will not learn to drive properly and still cause problems. Karachi doesn’t have so much traffic that a proper traffic control system followed by the people could not help. No, Karachi has lots of wide roads (I am not talking of badly planned DHA here), but if the people don’t follow rules and police is busy minting rishvat, you can make all the flyovers and elevated express ways in thw world, and problems won’t go away.

    Solution: Reduce population explosion, enforce minimum age for marriages male/femal 30/25, stop migration from rural areas to Karachi, follow traffic rules, require bus and truck drivers to have license, no license for illiterates, and so on.

  4. Omer (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    Rashid Minhas road will remain very congested for years. The location and construction of malls on an intersection is a travesty of intelligence, as is the building of a high density area next to a road as narrow and old as Rashid Minhas.

    Its bad enough that the majority of people behind the steering wheel of a car think they are capable of driving where as in reality they have no clue as to what a blind spot means, why lanes are demarcated, what indicating means, what does courtesy mean, not to mention what does sharing the road mean. To add insult to injury, since the majority of drivers have no clue, the town planners (chaos masters), decided to unleash a very large population with the same percentage of inept drivers, on Rashid Minhas road, courtesy of Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

    I live in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and my main travel artery is Rashid Minhas road upto the NIPA flyover. Everyday, day in and day out, I am stuck in traffic jams that originiate at the Askari IV gate and roundabout/Millenium Mall and proceed onto Jauhar Mor. While Askari IV’s mojority of residents live in apartments, more so is the case of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The population density is mindboggling as one can see with rows and rows of apartment blocks running beside Rashid Minhas. One would think that people would cut down on their number of cars owned, but alas that is not the case. Even if it was, the sheer number of people living in Jauhar lead to a very very large volume of traffic. This traffic is the main woe on Rashid Minhas road, which was never designed nor destined to handle this much volume of vehicles.

    The result? Witness the jams at Millenium, at Jauhar Mor, the recurring road deterioration, the subsequent reconstruction and repaving. The corridor for those of us wishing to move on towards NIPA, beyond Jauhar Mor, is reduced to 1 and a half lanes, in order to accomodate…u guessed it…the cars turning into Jauhar.

    If only our masters of chaos had any monetary sense, they would realize there was more money to be made upfront had they envisioned a bigger Rashid Minhas road or had limited the likes of Alladin Park, and Gulistan-e-Jauhar by imposing very stiff penalties…as well as very stiff commissions.

  5. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    While all the constuction is good and will provide relief for city traffic, the most important and immidiate requirement is a mass transit system. Karachi’s traffic problem’s are not near the ones for major cities WITH educated drivers. Stop complaining!

  6. Saad Usman (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Anybody has got a map for the proposed flyover?

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