KARACHI: The pending work of Lyari Expressway (LEW) will be resumed immediately to ensure its completion by December 31, 2015 and Rs. 200 million will be released for this purpose.
This was decided at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Communications chaired by its Chairman Sufiyan Yousuf at the Commissioner Karachi office.
The meeting reviewed progress on Lyari Expressway and M-9 projects, said a handout issued here on Tuesday.
Sufiyan Yousuf said the increasing traffic pressure in the city demands that the LEW project is completed on priority basis.
The meeting formed a committee which will prepare recommendations to run traffic of the LEW from south to north bound in evening peak hours.
The committee will comprise MNA Muzzammil Qureshi, and the representatives of the Motorway Police, NHA and district East.
The NA panel chairman said that M-9 project is necessary for controlling rising traffic accidents and managing traffic pressure on the Super Highway between Karachi and Hyderabad, therefore, it needs to be completed at the earliest.
He said that under the M-9 project the Super Highway will be widened and two more lanes will be added. A modern trauma centre will also be constructed along the highway, he added.
Commissioner Karachi assured the meeting that the city administration will play its role for removing encroachments and other obstructions in the LEW and M-9 projects and extend its cooperation to relevant institutions in this regard.
A review committee comprising deputy commissioner concerned and LEW project director to take steps to remove bottlenecks in these projects.
Deputy Commissioner Central will present a progress report on removal of encroachments in the path of LEW project.
A four-member review committee was formed that will identify obstacles which come up in the feasibility of the project.
The meeting decided that the foundation stone of the M-9 project will be laid by next month.
Members National Assembly (MNAs) Chaudhry Khalid Javed Waraich and Muhammad Muzzammil Qureshi and Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Tarar, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, KMC Administrator Saqib Soomro, DIG National Highway A.D. Khawaja, Secretary Local Government Qazi Kabir, Lyari Expressway project’s Muhammad Sarfraz, among other officials, attended the meeting.