Karachi: Following a planning and tendering procedure, the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) will contract for a six-lane bridge, the federal maritime affairs minister stated on Monday. The deal is being finalised after a two-and-a-half-year planning and tendering procedure, according to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi in a tweet.

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He estimated the cost of the six-lane bridge connecting East and West Wharves along Native Jetty at Rs 2.3 billion. According to the minister, the project would be completed in 18 months. The transfer of cargo and the resulting traffic congestion posed a significant difficulty. According to the Minister of Maritime Affairs, this six-lane bridge will address the problem.

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The proposal, according to a previous announcement from the KPT, is for the building of a six-lane, about nine-kilometer-long elevated port expressway that would connect the Pakistan Deep Water Container Port (PDWCP) with the Lyari Expressway while passing over the Mauripur Road.

The coal yard, PDWCP, and KPT East and West wharves will benefit from the expressway, according to the port authority, which cited a top official.

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According to reports, the KPT was investigating a number of possibilities for providing connectivity to the Pakistan Deep Water Container Port, including increasing traffic flow capacity by dividing city-bound and port traffic.

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