Absence of requisite pedestrian bridges cause accidents: experts

KARACHI: Karachi being the largest city of the country lacks number of pedestrian bridges it requires to safeguard its people from road accidents amid hustling bustling traffic on the busy roads of the city, told civil engineer experts to PPI.

On the condition of anonymity, a senior civil engineer, who have worked for many projects in the city, told on Wednesday that two out of thirteen proposed pedestrian bridges in the budget 2014-15 of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) had been cancelled due to technical issues and seven others had been completed, while funds allocated for the five remaining bridges were insufficient to get them completed this year.

Both the bridges that have been cancelled were proposed to be constructed on National Highway. One was to be constructed near Prince Aly Boys/ Girls School, Malir, and the other near Abbott Laboratory.

“Though there could be many other locations where even a common man could point out the requirement of a bridge, but besides the other required bridges technically in front of every hospital and at each end of a flyover there should be a pedestrian bridge, which could rarely be seen in the city where a good enough number of flyovers have been constructed by the previous city government,” he said.

Talking about a pedestrian bridge on Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway Road, Senior Director Transport and Communication Department Muhammed Ather told that though the construction of pedestrian bridge near PAF Chapter School in Balouch Colony was not cancelled however it was shifted away from the location on the same road due to the presence of extra high-tension wires near the school.

It has been learnt that this pedestrian bridge was a much needed project at the site as a large number of school children as well as their parents and other citizens have to cross the roads daily where heavy traffic ply posing threat to the lives of people. The road daily gets jammed in the morning and afternoon especially due to unavailability of parking area with the school, children start wandering as parents park their vehicles in front of the school on main road.

It was a Rs2.84 million project that was approved for construction. However, it was later decided to be shifted because of no prior study on the project.

Ather said that however the project was in agenda to be constructed but there seemed no possibility because of presence of extra high-tension wires hanging low on the road that were a serious threat to the bridge and the shifting of the wires was not possible.

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