KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah formally inaugurated Phase-I & II of Mehran Highway on Thursday.
He was accompanied by Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Deputy Chief Mission of Japan Embassy Takashi Katae, Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui, DG Technical Services Niaz Ahmed Soomro and other officers.
The Chief Minister unveiled the plaque of the project. Speaking as chief guest on this occasion, he said this highway would prove beneficial for industrial zones of Karachi and trade and commercial activities.
He thanked Japan government for providing assistance in the completion of this project. Administrator Karachi said that Karachi with an estimated population of 22 million is the leading metropolis of our rapidly urbanizing nation.
“The city witnesses a daily movement of vehicles that is per capita far more than rest of the country. In order to ease the traffic burden on overused carriageways of Karachi, town planners consistently draw plans to widen the road linkages.”
He said Mehran Highway was the latest addition to the spreading road network of Karachi and a strong symbol of the friendship between Japan and Pakistan. This three lane road track spread over 8.20 kilometre from Hospital Chowrangi to main Port Qasim Road.
The project that commenced on 19th February 2013 has reached completion today with a cost of Rs 573.29 million. Mehran Highway consists of 36 ft wide tracks on each side. As a handy substitute for National Highway, this road will facilitate transportation for Landhi Industrial Zone, Export Processing Zone, Port Qasim and various multinational units situated on this route.
He said Mehran Highway would go a long way in increasing the economic potential of Karachi. “I therefore dedicate Mehran Highway to the long lasting cooperation between Japan and Pakistan and hope that our ties will grow from strength to strength. I also extend my congratulations to the government of Sindh for bringing to completion one more project of public welfare.”