New flyover in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi. Image Credit: Sindh Government

Karachi: The Sindh government has completed the construction of a 226 metre-long flyover in a densely populated residential neighbourhood in Karachi in less than six months.

Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated the flyover named after world-renowned veteran Pakistani artist, Zia Mohyeddin, who recently passed away in the city.

The flyover has been built at the Jauhar intersection of the Gulistan-e-Jauhar neighbourhood which is a bustling residential locality in District East of the city.

The flyover will facilitate a very large number of motorists who daily cross from this area and also provide speedy connectivity to a busy private hospital.

The flyover having a width of 18.2 metres has been constructed at a cost of around Rs850 million.

The provincial Local Government Department started its construction in October 2022. Double arm poles fitted with LED lights have been used for the illumination of the flyover.

In order to facilitate vehicular movement in the area the Sindh government is also constructing an underpass at a nearby road intersection and also uplifting the drainage system in the area. The total cost of the infrastructure project is Rs 2.14 billion. The underpass will be 1,100 metres long and 18.5 metres wide for providing connectivity to the nearby University Road.

In his video message, Bilawal thanked Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, and his team for the speedy construction of the flyover to facilitate commuters in the shortest possible time.

He hoped that the underpass in the area would soon be built as he would come again to inaugurate it.

The Sindh government’s spokesman, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, said efforts were being made to construct the underpass and drainage system in the area by the end of the current financial year which ends on June 30, 2023.

He said the construction of the new civic infrastructure fully reflected the vision of the ruling PPP to develop and uplift every area of Karachi and serve all its communities without any discrimination.