Karachi: As per the latest news, the Sindh government will build the Mauripur Expressway and the ICI interchange as part of a public-private partnership (PPP) to improve traffic flow to and from the city’s Hakwsbay coastline area.
The project has been announced in the Sindh budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, which called for the building of an expressway with a length of 8 kilometers and a width of 22 meters that would connect Mauripur Road and Lyari Expressway to the beach areas via a backwater route.
Because the proposed expressway will connect to the Lyari Expressway, the building of this route will alleviate traffic congestion in the city.
Also included in this project is the construction of an interchange (1 km 2 lane one way) at the ICI Bridge. This portion would reduce significant traffic congestion on Jinnah Bridge during peak hours.
This segment’s construction term will be one year, and investor solicitation for both projects is now underway, with concession agreements to be signed during FY 2021-22, along with the start of construction.
It’s worth noting that Sindh’s Local Government Department and Housing Town Planning has already issued a request for proposals for the project.
The Mauripur Expressway and interchange at Jinnah bridges are part of the Sindh government’s Karachi Urban Road Initiative, for which the provincial government hired external consultants through the Local Government Department and completed a feasibility study and transaction structuring.