We all know about the Sindh Government Project as Malir Motorway for last many decades. This was one of the early 80’s projects, like Lyari River Expressway (which is still not completed), Northern Bypass and the third one is Malir Motorway.
Malir Motorway will be one of the main arteries of Karachi. This Motorway will be located in the Eastern part of Karachi and shall be constructed on the embankments of Malir River. It shall serve a population 5 million apart from visitors & transport related people.
Malir Motorway will be one of the most strategic economic corridors of the city which on one hand provides a strategic link way to the Super Highway and on the second it is the main passageway to Karachi Education City and DHA City Karachi.
1. DHA City Karachi:
DHA City Karachi (DCK) has been envisioned as ‘The First Sustainable City of Pakistan’, which will serve as a model for the future independent cities in the country and abroad. The aim has been to plan and build a city, which provides its citizens a safe, comfortable, efficient and beautiful lifestyle.
DCK will be the safest city suburb in Pakistan with safety features incorporated through planning & information technology interventions. Integrated facilities for work, schooling, shopping, recreation & community activities in close proximity. Using international vision + local experience, DHA City Karachi will provide a beautiful living environment with highest quality of life in Pakistan.
2. Karachi Education City:
Approximately 9,000 acres of land has been legally notified as Karachi Education City. Core elements of Karachi Education City are ‘local’ educational and health institutions that will provide locally relevant solutions to Pakistan’s challenge of higher education.
Karachi Education City will consist of Aga Khan University, Newports Institute of Communications & Economics, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology, Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation, Sindh Madressa Board’s, Quaid-e-Azam Public School, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Ziauddin University, Judicial Academy, Habib Foundation, IT & Media City and many others.
Becoming Part of Karachi-Lahore Motorway:
Karachi Education City and DHA City Karachi are under these potential economic activities which are expected to put tremendous amount of pressure on existing infrastructure of Karachi especially the transport, as the increase in Karachi Education City and DHA City Karachi development activities would multiple the traffic load on existing this corridors, which in turn raises the overall viability of the Project.
In order to meet the already growing demand of transportation in this area, Government has decided to convert existing embankments of Malir to a road facility with two separately aligned carriageways.
In the mid 2014, this project of Malir Motorway become the part of Karachi-Lahore Motorway which is another delayed project, but it falls under Federal government responsibility, and Malir Motorway was previously in the jurisdiction of Sindh Government.
Now, the first quarter of 2015 brings a big good news. Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the work on Karachi-Hyderabad section of Lahore-Karachi Motorway. This will be Six Lane highway road which will start from Karachi and will terminate at Sindh’s second largest city, the Hyderabad. The said groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Karachi
Now with this recent news of Malir Motorway all these project will be benefited and the access to these scheme become more easy and practical. According to plan this road will be construct adjacent to Malir River and will touch the Super highway at exact junction of Malir River which known as Ansari Pul. The ground breaking ceremony was held at exactly that point and the ground breaking stone also placed at that point.
Growth For Pakistan:
As this is understood that this type of projects plays a very important role for the economy as with these kind of developments save the time and money in the shape of fuel cost. Karachi is the one of the biggest cities of the world. It is the 70% revenue generating city of Pakistan. A city which is larger than 70+ countries.
As Karachi is port city and for this type of city it has to be connected with other part of the country with shortest possible travel time. This motorway will decrease the distance, save the time and fuel cost, plus the security conditions will improve too.
Affordable Real Estate:
With all these benefits there are one more benefit for the people of Karachi that as increasing price of Real Estate in Main City, it is becoming very difficult for common people to buy a small unit for personal living in main city. To fulfill this need already many schemes launched in the outskirts of the city but unfortunately lack of resources was there to reach those schemes. No proper public transportation, no road infrastructure, all these schemes are not successful yet. There are more than 250 societies in Scheme 33, off Super Highway and Northern bypass.
Road To Success:
As mention earlier that this project was planned in 80s but unfortunately not implemented yet, and even this time behind this step there are huge efforts from DHA Karachi, as it will play a very important role in the success of DHA City Karachi (DCK). Now DHA City Karachi will be only 20 minutes drive from DHA Karachi.
The main objectives of the Project are to increase the traffic corridor of the city and this strategic expressway which would be required to carry the increased traffic on account of increased economic activities in the north of Karachi and hence it shall be an asset for the city.
This Project would in turn provide impetus to economic productivity by facilitating high speed transportation facility for transportation of exportable produces to various areas of the country and abroad. This Motorway is most likely to be the future trade corridor for the city.
Note: This article is written by Mr. Muhammad Shafi Jakvani, CEO – CITI Associates.