Concern on delay in Malir flyover projects

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui expressed concerns over delay and negligence on the projects of two flyovers in Malir and asked engineers, contractors and consultants to expedite the work with proper planning.

Siddiqui was addressing a meeting at his office on Tuesday. Project Director Malir Halt Khalid Masroor, Project Director Malir 15 Syed Muhammad Taha, Director General Manager (DGM) High-Tension Region III K-Electric (KE) Muhammad Ali Qureshi, Project Consultant Samrat Hassan, Project Manager Malir 15 Abdul Rehman Sheikh, Assistant Commissioner Airport Saher Iftikhar, DGM Network IBC Malir KE Muhammad Ismail and other officers of the relevant departments were also present.

The meeting was told that the under-construction projects, Malir Halt and Malir 15 flyovers were to be completed by September and December 2014 respectively, but delay in their work was causing serious troubles to the citizens as traffic flow was at snail’s pace and sewerage lines were overflowing.

“The aim of the projects is to provide relief to the masses and not pile up number of issues there,” said the commissioner.

Taha, defending the laziness on Malir 15 project, said that work at the site could not be expedited because of KE transmission system lying en-route. The moment KE would complete its work we would make diversion within a week for easy flow of traffic.

Elucidating the laziness of work from KE on Malir 15 site, Qureshi said that work around Malir Halt had been carried out properly. However, KE could not carry out its work on fast track on Malir 15 because of non-payment of dues.

Rs11.2m were previously decided to be paid to KE from which Rs5m were recently paid. The commissioner assured for the complete payment and also urged KE to resurvey the site and concise the amount if possible. In response, they assured that another survey would be completed by 22nd and a revised bill would be submitted on 24th, while, the shifting of transmission line and PMTs would be completed by June 12.

On the other hand, Masroor said that work being carried out on Malir Halt was satisfactory and diversion for traffic flow would be provided by 30th.

Siddiqui said that KE should carry out work on both the projects simultaneously and project directors should work hard to complete the projects within deadline otherwise they would be accountable.

“I admit that there has been delay in the projects but we are gradually overcoming the issues being encountered,” he said.

The next meeting in this regard would be held on 27th.

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