Karachi: The CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday during the 36th meeting of the Public-Private partnership board approved the changes proposed by the local government regarding the alignment of the Malir Expressway. The officials of the local government department proposed minor changes in the Gadap and Memon pertaining to improving the hydrology and engineering design of the project. The development work on the 38.75-kilometers long three-by-three-lane expressway with controlled access along the Malir River from the Korangi Creek Avenue (DHA) to Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway is already in full swing.
The official told that after changes in alignment only 10.3 acres of land would be required instead of 148 acres of private land which would save the exchequer a handsome amount of Rs 3 billion. The proposed changes would also save the 204 houses that were to be affected as per the previous plan. The proposed expressway once completed would reduce the commuting time from Korangi Creek Avenue (DHA) to the Super Highway (M-9) to only 25 minutes. There will also be six interchanges on the Malir Expressway.
Earlier last month during a high-level meeting chaired by the CM it was informed that so far 15 kilometers of the road have been completed. The expressway will facilitate thousands of commuters who are usually stuck in the heavy traffic of the Karachi Port, the Korangi Industrial Area, the Landhi Industrial Area, the Steel Mills Port Qasim, and other such areas of the city.