Gizri Flyover

Gizri Flyover to be completed in Apr ’09

*Negotiations between DHA, residents prove conducive

 

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

 

THE issue of constructing the Gizri Flyover has been settled between a Gizri residents’ delegation and the Defence Housing Authority administration and the project will be completed by April 2009.

The breakthrough was achieved in a meeting between the residents and the administration held at the DHA Main Office on Saturday. The meeting, presided over by DHA Administrator Brigadier Khalid Tirmizi, discussed the problemgizris that the Gizri residents will face due to the construction of the flyover and both the parties agreed to resolve the issues amicably.

The DHA administrator informed the delegation that DHA initiated the Gizri Flyover project solely to ensure that the traffic entering DHA flows smoothly. He said that the construction of the flyover will help to mitigate the traffic congestion in the Gizri area and the project was in the greater interest of the public.

He said that the flyover was being built at an estimated cost of Rs 600 million. The original design parameter envisaged was a 1.2 km long flyover starting from Submarine Chowk and ending at Khayaban-e-Tanzeem. After the negotiations, the length of the project has been reduced to approximately one kilometer by making changes in the original design.

The administrator explained that the height of the flyover that National Engineering Services Pakistan had proposed was such that it would not affect businesses activity in any way. He also asked the Gizri Flyover Project Director to ensure that the height of the flyover at congested places, especially over Mubark Mosque, was suitably raised.

It was also promised that DHA would build a pedestrian bridge near the mosque if required. He also asked the contractors to ensure that dust is cleaned from the project site, water is sprinkled in the area and the roads damaged during the construction are carpeted before Eid-ul-Azha.

The delegation thanked the DHA administrator for catering to their concerns regarding the project and assured DHA that they would fully cooperate so that the project can be executed with out further delay.

The administrator appreciated the understanding shown by the delegation members and stated that work on the project will be speed up and it will be completed, as per schedule, by April 2009.

The project was started in 2006 but some residents of Gizri had obtained a stay order from the Sindh High Court and the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) had also expressed reservations. According to a DHA spokesperson, the SEPA issue has been resolved after a deadlock of six months, while the stay order has been partially abolished.

Published in Daily Times | Dec 06, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on December 8, 2008.

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