97 percent physical progress of Lyari Expressway achieved, completion expected by October end

ISLAMABAD: Overall 97 percent physical progress of Lyari Expressway has been achieved and it is likely to be completed by end of October.

Giving details about the current status of the project, National Highway Authority (NHA) spokesman Kashif Zaman told reporter Wednesday that from Sindhi Hotel to Teen Hatti Section structure work and Asphalt Wearing Course have been completed and expansion joints work is in full progress. Moreover,he said the work at Manghopir Interchange and Manghopir – Mewa Shah Section is also in full swing.

He said that the remaining right of way at Salahi Para North Bound for Main Carriageway was cleared and handed over to FWO by Government of Sindh on June 25, 2017 on which piles, shafts and transoms have been completed. Girder launching and deck slab works are in full progress,he added.

The official said that according to revised completion date the project was scheduled to be completed by June 30 but the land required to complete the expressway was granted late, which delayed the progress of the project.

This expressway is designed to relieve traffic congestion in Karachi and its revised construction cost is Rs 9.940 billion. The final budget estimate is 11 billion Pakistan Rupees.Total length of the project including ramps would be 38.67 kilometre and have four interchanges. The project have two main bridges on main nullah and 16 overhead bridges.

He said that survey for service roads has been completed. Most of the area is encroached in small sections and the detail survey summary of area required for service road has been provided to the concerned District Administrations, Government of Sindh for the clearance of encroached portions.

Out of 16 km North Bound service road,he said, 11.030 km has been cleared while 4.970 km has been encroached. As far as south bound service road is concerned,its total length is 12.272 km out of which 9.249 km has been cleared while 3.023 km has been encroached,he said.