Ebad re­views pace of work at Lyari Ex­press­way

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Gov­er­nor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has said that fur­ther de­lay in com­ple­tion of Lyari Ex­press Way (LEW) cannot be ac­cepted be­cause it is al­ready way be­hind its orig­i­nal com­ple­tion date.

Af­ter com­ple­tion of its north bound track com­muters would en­joy has­sle free travel from Mau­ripur Road to Sohrab goth as ex­pe­ri­enced by South bound trav­el­ers from Sohrab goth to Mau­ripur Road.

This he said while pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing to re­view pace of con­struc­tion work on north bound track of LEW.

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary to Gov­er­nor Sindh Muham­mad Hus­sain Syed, Sec­re­tary Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Noor Muham­mad Leghari, Com­mis­sioner Karachi Syed Asif Hy­der Shah, Ad­min­is­tra­tor Karachi Laeeq Ahmed, Sec­re­tary to Gov­er­nor Muham­mad Akhtar Ghori, Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner Karachi Sami ud­din Sid­diqui, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fron­tier Works Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity and other con­cerned of­fices also at­tended the meet­ing.

A state­ment is­sued from the Gov­er­nor House here on Fri­day said that Ebad termed LEW as in­stru­men­tal in re­duc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion from main ar­ter­ies of Karachi be­sides sav­ing time and fuel of mo­torists.

Re­call­ing the hur­dles and bot­tle­necks ex­pe­ri­enced at the time of its ini­ti­a­tion, Gov­er­nor Sindh said that there were hundreds of houses, many mosques, grave­yards, church, Hindu and sikh tem­ples were in the way of this ex­press­way which were re­lo­cated af­ter pro­longed ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The ex­tra or­di­nary de­lay in con­struc­tion of its north bound track was largely due to un­avail­abil­ity of Right of Way. Now as the re­main­ing por­tion of 5.233 Kilo­me­ters has been started and only 1.456 Kilo­me­ters is pend­ing for Right of Way, it is hoped that it would be com­pleted ac­cord­ing to the re­vised sched­ule so as to fa­cil­i­tate the com­muters.

He di­rected the au­thor­i­ties to re­peat the prac­tice of last year in Ra­mazanul-Mubarak and uti­lize the con­structed por­tion for traf­fic diver­sions, spe­cially in peak hours.

Gov­er­nor Sindh was in­formed that its north bound track would be com­pleted by June 2017 sub­ject to avail­abil­ity of Right of Way. It was fur­ther in­formed that a de­ci­sion on dis­putes is ex­pected on 25th May, which would re­solve the right of way of re­main­ing por­tions.

All re­quired heavy equip­ment and ma­chin­ery has been moved on the Site. It was fur­ther in­formed that the to­tal length of both tracks in­clud­ing ramps of LEW is 38.67 KM while 81.48 % con­struc­tion work has been com­pleted so far.

The Deputy Com­mis­sioner West and Ad­di­tional Deputy Com­mis­sioner Cen­tral in­formed the Gov­er­nor Sindh about the mat­ter of Right of Way and progress of con­struc­tion work in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions.

School chil­dren walk on rail­way track while going home.—INP

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