Early completion of Malir bridge repair demanded

Karachi: Usman Ahmed President, Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry (BQATI) has expressed their concern over sever traffic jams due lingering repair work at Malir Bridge which are source of great concern and anxiety to the trade & industry and people working at Bin Qasim Industrial area.

In a statement here he said people and workers are facing a lot of issues on daily basis especially during morning & evening rush hours due to travelling to Port Qasim via National Highway and back to city, facing traffic congestion and severe traffic jams which have become routine.

He said that the National highway from Malir Bridge to Port Qasim More is under great pressure of traffic as the transport heading toward city and upcountry, Port Qasim, Port Industrial Zone, Steel Mill, Steel Town, Gulshan-e-Hadeed and other industries situated in Bin Qasim Zone used to pass through this road, which in fact has been turned into a narrow street.

Looting and snatching incident at key point during traffic gridlock has created panic, especially among foreign engineers and technical staff working in Bin Qasim Industrial Zone. These events have reemphasized the need to implement strict and additional security measures to minimize the risk of criminal activities in the area and improve traffic situation during sensitive hours.

Mian Muhammad Ahmed, Patron In-chief & Founder President of Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry also showed his concern and briefed that at the time when industrial production needs to be boosted up to help the economy, incidents like these will act as serious deterrent to local and foreign investors.

BQATI observed that the area traffic police miserably failed to regulate traffic manually and chaos like situation prevail at Malir, Quaidabad, Manzil Pump, Under Quaidabad Bridge both sides, Dawood Chowrangi Bridge and other link roads where traffic jams is routine matter now the situation has worsened and need to be look after during sensitive hours.

BQATI appealed to the concerned authority to instruct the concerned department to expedite the repairing work of joints and heavy traffic should be restricted during peak hours, or repairing work could be done during night hours.