Jinnah Terminal flyover to be constructed by end-May

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Karachi: The construction of the Jinnah Terminal flyover on Sharea Faisal, which has already been considerably delayed, will be completed by the end of May. Karachi Commissioner Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, who was recently given the additional charge of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator, was informed of the under-construction flyover’s progress when he visited the site near the Karachi airport on Wednesday.

According to earlier announcements issued by KMC officials, the flyover project near the Jinnah Terminal was supposed to be completed by the end of January. Talking to The News, KMC Technical Services Director General Altaf G Memon said that instead of using the conventional girder technology for building bridges, the Jinnah Terminal flyover was being constructed using the box-girder technology, which required more time to complete the construction.

According to the project director of the Jinnah Terminal flyover, the under-construction flyover would consist of three lanes and nine spans, while it would be 570 metres long and 10.5 metres wide. He said two U-turns would also be built along the flyover to save travelling time of the vehicles changing their route along the flyover. On his visit to the construction site, the KMC administrator was informed that the flyover was being built with a cost of Rs289.782 million.

He was told that when the flyover’s construction would be completed, it would facilitate vehicular traffic going towards the airport, the National Highway, the Port Qasim, the Export Processing Zone and the Pakistan Steel.

Zaidi said the Jinnah Terminal flyover being constructed on Sharea Faisal would be opened for citizens during the current fiscal year (2012-13). He said the pace of construction of all under-construction developmental projects should be accelerated.

The standard of construction material being used in these projects should also be upgraded to ensure that the development of the city’s infrastructure is being carried out along modern lines, he added.

He said the Sharea Faisal was an important and busy traffic corridor of the city since it leads to the Karachi airport.

The volume of traffic plying on the Sharea Faisal would increase with the passage of time, especially after the construction of the Zulfiqarabad Oil Tankers Terminal is completed, he added.


Courtesy: The News

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