During a meeting for reviewing the progress on the Malir Expressway project, Murad Ali Shah—the Chief Minister of Sindh instructed the planning and development department to start working on the expressway from July 2019.
The project is referred to as the most significant one for connecting the motorway to the city centre. The expressway is anticipated to reach completion in the span of two and a half years.
In a meeting that was held at the house of the Chief Minister on Monday, Murad Ali Shah said that he believes it would be providing fast access to the significant real estate projects along the route, hence decreasing the travelling time from the KPT flyover to the motorway to just 25 minutes.
The project cost is nearly forty billion rupees, of the total cost thirty percent would be borne by the provincial government and the public-private partnership programme while the remaining cost would be paid for via bank loans.
The project includes the development of 40.4 kilometres 3 into 3 lane expressways with controlled access along the Malir river beginning from the Qayyumabad bridge and terminating at the Karachi Hyderabad M9 Motorway near Kathore via the Link Road.
The project was placed in front of the public-private partnership policy board on the 31st of January this year after which the board approved the initiation of the project under a 2-stage bidding procedure.
The meeting was attended by many officials including the local government minister—Saeed Ghani, Principal Secretary to the CM—Sajid Jamal Abro, Planning and Development Chairperson—Mohammad Waseem, Local Government Secretary—Khalid Hyder Shah and other officers.