The city has promised the Supreme Court that it will complete a terminal for oil tankers at Zulfiqarabad by September next year.
The case started over the congestion at Keamari and Shireen Jinnah Colony in Clifton where the massive vehicles are forced to line up as they wait to refuel. A number of petitions have been filed, including by residents who argue that the traffic has degraded the environment of the neighbourhood.
On Friday, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Siddiqui heard a statement made by Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed, who promised that by June this year the project will be started and finished by September 2012. The judges directed him to submit a progress report regularly.
The bench took exception to complaints made by petitioners that the police were showing no interest in ensuring the tankers park properly in the meantime. They are parked haphazardly and obstruct the flow of traffic in the entire area.
The bench directed the SP of traffic to tackle it.
Ateeq Baig, the project director for the Zulfiqarabad Oil Terminal, who is also the EDO of transport, and Ansar Hussain Zaidi represented the city government along with its counsel Manzoor Ahmed advocate.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2012.
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