Nespak has been appointed as consultant for construction of the Malir River Expressway from DHA Phase-VII to the Superhighway.

The company will conduct the full study of the project and submit its feasibility report within two months after which measures will be taken to commence work on the project.

This was decided at a high-level meeting held at the DCO’s Camp Office on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the acting Karachi Administrator, Muhammad Hussain Syed.

The meeting was attended by Brigadier Syed Hasan Raza Hussain-the representative of Corps V; Colonel(Retd) Ali Amjad of the Defence Housing Authority; the EDO, Works & Services, Rasheed Mughal; the EDO, Transport, Atique Baig; Nespak representative Farhat Adeel; Director SBI, Mehmood-ul-Haq; Engineer Makhdoom Rasheed; the Director-General, Mass Transit Cell; representatives of other private consultant firms; and other officers.

The meeting was informed that the project of Malir River Expressway was planned along with the Lyari Expressway Project. However work on this project could not be started. Now as the city was spreading on one side and thousands of plots had been allotted to the citizens in New Malir Housing Scheme, it would be imperative to connect these schemes with a new route so that the residents of these schemes could get easy access to other areas of metropolis.

The meeting was further informed that construction of Expressway was necessary to provide direct access to heavy traffic to Superhighway and National highway.

Many studies had been conducted in the past on this project but now the construction of Expressway required a detailed study so that a complete report could be prepared.

Speaking on this occasion, the Administrator, Muhammad Hussain Syed, said that city government would take all measures to start work on this project. “A joint consortium could also be formed to solve the problem of shortage of resources”, he said.