KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday said he had asked Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to finalise and get the work started on Korangi Crossing flyover to save citizens from trouble.
“It is a sensitive location because of being near to many educational institutes, industrial area and PAF Creek Air Base, and delay would cause more issues,” he said.
Director General Technical Services KMC Niaz Ahmed Soomro had earlier said an underpass would be required along the Korangi Crossing flyover to cater to the needs of traffic in the area; otherwise, the issue will not be resolved completely.
To this, commissioner Karachi said underpass would add more huge expenditure. It was not as such required and would unneccesarily linger the problem.
This should be noted that Korangi Crossing flyover has long become victim of KMC’s internal conflict. It has been months, when Siddiqui was the administrator, since KMC approved and announced that construction of the flyover would start in a few days.
KMC spokesperson Bashir Ahmed Sadozai told PPI that the construction had been halted because of some technical issues as senior engineers were unable to decide whether to build the flyover with or without an underpass.
“The Rs250 million project would take just six months once it gets started. We are taking expert opinions that what issues could be faced without underpass,” he said.
Sources said that the government did not want to construct an underpass in a bid to save money and earn short-term fame with only flyover; however it would create a long-term problem.
The proposed location of Korangi Crossing flyover has at stone’s throw away the biggest charity hospital of Pakistan, Indus Hospital, and big educational institutes like Institute of Business Management, BIZTEK, PAF Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology, Fatima Jinnah Dental College, Islamic Mission Trust Nursing School, The Intellect School, SSAT Degree College, Reflection School, Aman Tech Institute, Beacon House School, Karachi Public School and Nasra Trust School, where a large number of students from across the city come to get education. PAF Creek Air Base and Korangi Industrial Area are also nearby.
This should also be noted that the condition of the road crossing over Malir riverbed parallel to Jam Sadiq Bridge and leading to the approved Korangi Crossing flyover has become pathetic after heavy traffic started plying for seven months on it day and day in gross violation of rules, due to Jam Sadiq Bridge’s being under construction.