The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the long-awaited Lyari Expressway in Karachi on Sunday. The expressway has been under development for nearly 15 years now.
The construction of the expressway includes 20 bridges and four interchanges. Starting today, the expressway is expected to bring significant balance to traffic by opening new ways for the people to reach their destinations.
The North-Bound track which was inaugurated yesterday will start from Mauripur. Commuters will now be able to travel on both the tracks of Lyari expressway without signals going from Sohrab Goth to Mauripur and back. The authorities are expecting at least 10,000 vehicles to make use of the road every day.
The Motorway Police of Pakistan has also started patrolling the expressway to maintain safety on the road.
Although the expressway has been completed, there are still some issues remaining to be resolved. One prominent issue is that the expressway has yet to lightened fully. The lighting issue of the expressway is expected to be resolved very soon.
The Lyari Expressway North is a 16 kilometers long elevated road that runs along the Lyari River. Since its inception in the early 2000s, the road has been surrounded by controversies.
According to authorities, the delay in the completion was due to a 1.5 km patch which was occupied by encroachers. The encroachers have been dealt with but have not been duly compensated.