Flyover Of Hyderabad

By: Nida Khan

Imagine hustle and bustle of traffic from City Gate Hotel to the Market Tower. The noisy roads full with mini-taxis, auto-rickshaws and many other vehicles would remind you that Hyderabad is the second largest city of Sindh and the eighth largest city of Pakistan.

Recently the District Government Hyderabad launched construction of flyovers, bridges to make smooth flow of traffic. In all eight flyovers were planned of which seven have been opened for traffic by the end of last year 2009.

Two settlements of Hyderabad city i.e. Latifabad and Qasimabad needed smooth flow of traffic since a long time. This had become more important as these two settlements carry routes going out of city.

The flyovers included Latifabad Unit-7, Shahbaz Chowk on Thandi Sharik, Latif Chowk on Old National Highway, Giddu Chowk on Auto-Bahn Road and Qasim Chowk on Old National Highway (a single barrel underpass is to be constructed at the same place)  only for one-way traffic from jail side, turning left on Old National Highway for Latif chowk.

Except flyover of Mirpurkhas road being constructed in the east of the city, all others have been completed, while work on three bridges of old Phuleli, Phuleli and Channel parallel to old bridge is in progress with a view to reduce the traffic pressure.

Another scheme of construction of flyover at Channel/Mirpurkhas Road Railway crossing and bridge for approach to New Subzi Mandi are also added.

All the development works of Hyderabad Development Project are being carried under GIS system with detailed information to meet any future requirement of the areas.

Due to application of the GIS system, the district government has been able to maintain the record of existing development data from street to district level.

The district government has not set priorities as instead of giving preference to disposal of sewerage it is keen on constructing flyovers, adding some nine million gallons of untreated sewerage water being daily pumped into Phuleli canal.

Similarly, sewerage water of Qasimabad is being pumped into Indus River and consumed by people living downstream; the health of people is being threatened by Hepatitis and other diseases of water.

Presently what we are facing is the traffic jams and pollution problems that will end when all these developments would be completed.