Karachi’s Lyari Expressway inaugurated after 15 years

  • The 38-km project includes four interchanges and 20 bridges

KARACHI – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday inaugurated the Lyari Expressway project in Sindh capital city, marking it as fully operational 15 years after work on the project first began.

The 38-km project, which was estimated to be completed in 2003 for Rs3 billion, is now costing around Rs23bn, according to information provided to the Sindh High Court earlier.

This includes four interchanges and 20 bridges, and is expected to alleviate the rush caused by a large volume of traffic in the mega city, according to Radio Pakistan.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, PM Abbasi explained the project had taken over 10 years to complete due to “technical difficulties and encroachments”. He thanked Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah and others for their efforts to remove the hurdles in the way of the Expressway becoming fully operational.

The prime minister is also expected to inaugurate Karachi’s Northbound Carriageway.