KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah said that he would inaugurate the Drigh Road underpass on July 20. He directed Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro to engage more workforce to complete the schemes as per the opening schedule.
The CM said that the underpass, being constructed at a cost of Rs662.59 million, is the most important project for the smooth flow of traffic from Sharae Faisal to the airport.
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"We have given a new shape to Sharae Faisal by widening its roads and remodelling the Baloch Colony Flyover," he said, adding that the new street lights and footpaths installed along the road would add to the beauty of the main artery of the city.
Shoro briefed the CM about the progress of the road. He said that stalled work had restarted on the underpass just after the recent rains. The construction work is in progress round the clock and would be completed by the end of July, he vowed.
Karachi Package Project Director (PD) Niaz Soomro and programme manager Khalid briefed the CM on the technical aspects of the underpass and showed him the drainage system during his visit to the site, which would pump out rainwater efficiently.
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Earlier, Shah visited the under-construction underpass at Submarine Chowrangi, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs707 million to ensure smooth traffic flow between Boat Basin and Sunset Boulevard.
The CM also told Shoro he would inaugurate the underpass by the end of August, therefore the work plan must be made accordingly.
He directed Soomro to widen the road along the underpass by reducing the sides of the footpaths near the narcotics office and on the opposite sides so that traffic coming from Boat Basin and Gizri could have enough space to move easily.
Shah visited Sunset Boulevard roundabout to examine the possibility of constructing a flyover to connect Gizri and Sunset Boulevard. This way, the traffic coming from Gizri to Sunset Boulevard would be made signal-free.
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"I am a construction engineer and by using a map can work out whether a bridge or flyover can be constructed here," CM said and directed Soomro to make a plan for this.
"In my view, the road from Boat Basin to Korangi through Sunset Boulevard may be made signal-free." Shah also added that the Lyari Expressway is being opened shortly to move heavy traffic of the port.
Murad further issued directives to the traffic police to submit a plan reducing the pressure of heavy traffic on Punjab Chowrangi and Sunset Boulevard.
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