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Stalled North bound section of Lyari Expressway to be completed next year.

ISLAMABAD -- After approval of Revised PC-1 for Lyari Expressway, construction work of the project has been restarted on North Bound section of Lyari Expressway.

An official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) told reporter Thursday that the project would be completed next year if complete Right Of Way (ROW) was handed over to the Authority.

He said that work on the project was stalled for many reasons since 2008. There were numerous reasons such as grant of the Right Of Way and unavailability of required funds that delayed the project, he said.

The resumption of work on the expressway track from Mauripur to Sohrab Goth was a good news as its completion would help a great deal in easing traffic, he said.

He said that work on the Lyari Expressway started in May 2002, and South Bound section running from Sohrab Goth to Mauripur Road was opened for traffic in 2008.

Total length of the Lyari Expressway, North and South bound sections, is 32.155 km. Out of this, the 16 km long Southern Corridor consists of 8 bridges and 2 interchanges located at the Gharibabad Graveyard on Sir Shah Suleman Road and Love Lane Bridge in Garden West.

The federal government has released Rs 2 billion funds for the project but encroachments were the main hurdle, the official said.

He said that with the completion of the remaining 5.3-

kilometre-long track, the expressway would benefit road traffic from Mauripur to Sohrab Goth which would cut distances and save time, he added.

About the importance of Lyari Expressway, he said it would provide an alternative route to the heavy traffic and help in easing flow of regular traffic on the roads of the provincial capital Karachi.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 27, 2016
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