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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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KARACHI | Malir Motorway | Infrastructure | PRO

City govt plans construction of Malir expressway

KARACHI, March 10 The city government has decided to construct an expressway on both banks of the Malir River to provide a direct access to downtown light traffic to the city`s eastern industrial neighbourhoods on to the National Highway through Quaidabad.

Well-placed sources in the city government told Dawn that the Malir Expressway project had been conceived keeping in view the Lyari Expressway project which was also constructed along the banks of the Lyari River.

The federal government had provided funds to the tune of Rs8 billion for the construction of the Lyari Expressway and Rs5 billion for the resettlement of nearly 24,000 families who had been displaced due to the construction of the mega project.

However, the sources said that the city government had recently conducted a detailed study regarding the Malir Expressway project which showed that the construction of a road along both banks of the Malir River would be a far easier task as compared to the construction of an expressway on both banks of the Lyari River.

The sources said that there was no encroachment or unauthorised settlements on the banks of the Malir River and there would be no issue of compensation or resettlement. The expressway project would start from Qayyumabad and culminate at Quaidabad providing an alternate access to commuter traffic to Landhi and Korangi Industrial Areas besides reducing the traffic load on Sharea Faisal.

They said that the amount required for the construction of Malir Expressway was estimated to be Rs5 to Rs6 billion and the project would be executed under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Karachi Mega City Development Project.

The first tranche of over $200 million from the ADB`s loan is due to be received next month and after completing the required formalities including the tendering process the Malir Expressway project will be launched by the end of the current financial year or in the first quarter of the next fiscal.

The sources, however, maintained that the Malir Expressway project had nothing to do with the proposed Karachi Elevated Expressway which would be built from Jinnah Bridge at the Karachi Port and would pass over M. T. Khan Road, Club Road and Sharea Faisal to Quaidabad.

“The Karachi Elevated Expressway will provide a direct access to heavy traffic from Karachi Port to Port Qasim via National Highway,” said a senior city government official. “The Malir Expressway will be constructed only for light traffic and not for heavy traffic,” he said.

He, however, agreed that the elevated expressway was a much expensive project as compared to both the Lyari and Malir expressways. A Malaysian firm will construct the elevated expressway at an estimated cost of $350 million on a built-operate-and transfer (BOT) basis.

The sources said that the expected timeframe for the completion of the Malir Expressway project was 24 months from the day of launching of the groundwork.

The south-bound carriageway of Lyari Expressway took about six years for completion while work on the construction of the north-bound carriageway is still under way.

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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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Firms Shortlisted For Malir Expressway Construction

Three firms have been short-listed out of a number of parties that had responded with expression of interest (EoI) to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) for contracts pertaining to the Rs60 billion Malir Expressway project. The estimated cost puts Rs18 billion for construction and the remaining amount for administrative and other expenditure.

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The proposed expressway — a 47-kilometre-long dual carriageway starting from the Jam Sadiq Ali Bridge (Korangi) up to 13 kilometres ahead of Toll Plaza on the Superhighway — will cater to the needs of heavy vehicular traffic originating from the Karachi port and coming from Hyderabad. Each side of the carriageway along the embankments of the Malir River will have three lanes.
Highlighting the salient features of the Project, KMC Administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed said that the project on its completion in five years would reduce the distance between the port and the carriageway’s end point by 17 kilometres as compared to other routes connecting the Karachi port and Hyderabad. It would also save traveling time by at least one hour and 10 minutes, he added.

Furthermore, the carriageway would serve as an alternative route between various towns and the Superhighway and thus reduce the vehicular traffic burden on the city’s major thoroughfares such as M.A. Jinnah Road, Sharea Faisal, S.M. Taufeeq Road and Shahrah-i-Pakistan, said Mr Syed.

The administrator said that once given the go-ahead by the Sindh government’s Public-Private Partnership Board the project could take off within the next six months. About the project’s current status, he said that KMC had already established the project’s directorate and constituted its procurement committee.

Giving technical details of the project, KMC works & services director-general Altaf Hussain G. Memon said that the consultant concerned was supposed to prepare a detailed feasibility report within a month which would be provided to the three short-listed contracting firms/investors (the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), Malir River Greener (MRG) and M/s Friends). The board, headed by the Sindh chief minister, would then be approached for seeking post facto approval of the project, he added.

Regarding the development of the expressway and the adjoining realigned link roads, he said that as soon as the Malir River land was transferred to KMC by the Board of Revenue, the corporation’s master plan department would get a 50-metre right of way (RoW) on each embankment of the river and the link roads — having a total length of 23.5 kilometres from the National Highway up to the Superhighway — for construction. When asked about the primary source of revenue from the project, Mr Memon said it would be through toll tax to be charged from expressway users.

In reply to a question, he said that Landhi, Malir, Malir Cantonment, Manora Cantonment, Saddar, Shah Faisal and several other towns and cantonment boards would benefit from the project in addition to the heavy vehicular traffic running between Hyderabad and the Karachi port.

This news was published in DAWN on March 15th, 2012.

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For DHA City on the Superhighway to succeed the Malir Expressway is very important as it'll provide a fast connection to it. So I think there'll be pressure from DHA to build this.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 07:07 AM   #10
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thxs Metro for updates. Like Lyari expressway and Lahore Ring Road this is also one of my favourite project. Constructing new roads will definately reduce the traffic burden on main arteries of the city

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So who's it going to benefits besides DHA's new phases?
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So who's it going to benefits besides DHA's new phases?
A lot of trucks can use it get to Superhighway, plus it'll be a faster route to the airport from DHA and Clifton. It can take a lot of traffic off Shahrah e Faisal.

I'm against the elevated expressway on Shahrah e Faisal and this makes a good substitute.
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This is very important for DHA city so DHA will be keen for it's completion. Also a direct link of super highway to Korangi industrial area.
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Shah faisal colony bridge, on the malir river, expressway will go from it's top.


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A lot of trucks can use it get to Superhighway, plus it'll be a faster route to the airport from DHA and Clifton. It can take a lot of traffic off Shahrah e Faisal.

I'm against the elevated expressway on Shahrah e Faisal and this makes a good substitute.
Only if trucks are allowed here. Secondly whether it will be access-controlled or not. Also, to make it a real success, there should be two interchanges that connect it to Sh-e-Faisal - one straight from Drigh Road Station and another where Awami Markaz is. Ideally Karsaz, but that's not possible due to PAF Base.
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So who's it going to benefits besides DHA's new phases?
Some PIA official told me few months earlier that there is a long term plan to make a new airport outside the city and it would be somewhere near DHA city. So this proposed expressway would definitely be an important access to that.

Also it would reduce travel time for areas like Saddar, DHA, Shah Faisal Colony etc for traveling towards Hyderabad and up country.
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Some PIA official told me few months earlier that there is a long term plan to make a new airport outside the city and it would be somewhere near DHA city. So this proposed expressway would definitely be an important access to that.
They can probably more than double the capacity of Karachi Airport from 10 million to 20-30 million in the existing location before thinking of building another one. The traffic now is only 6 million so it'll take many years of massive economic development before a new airport is needed. Maybe in 20-30 years.

They should reserve some land for it though, just in case.
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Seems to be a good project. But there is a lot of difference in mentioned costs in first & second article, though the first article is an old one. And the first article says that completion time will be 24 months whereas second article states that it would be 5 years!
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Karachi has only two directions to expand - towards Hawk's Bay and along the Superhighway.

We had the proposed 68,000 acres Sugar Land City by Limitless in Hawk's Bay which was abandoned. It requires that kilometre-long suspension bridge over Karachi Port.

The other direction is along the Superhighway in the direction of DHA City. For that we need fast routes out of the city. Lyari Expressway is one. Malir Expressway is another one. A fast metro train service would be another good project.

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They can probably more than double the capacity of Karachi Airport from 10 million to 20-30 million in the existing location before thinking of building another one. The traffic now is only 6 million so it'll take many years of massive economic development before a new airport is needed. Maybe in 20-30 years.

They should reserve some land for it though, just in case.
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