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Karachi DHA traffic system: a plea

Published May 31, 2012 02:06am

LAST month the DHA, Karachi, brought about a drastic change to the traffic system of its Phase V. The Authority unilaterally converted Khayaban-i- Shamsheer and Khayaban-i- Mujahid into one-way roads without any intimation to this effect nor did they invite any comments/suggestions from the residents of the area. This arbitrary and unlawful conversion has ruined the peace and the privacy of the residents of the area and has brought upon them tremendous hardship and discomfort.

After this arbitrary conversion of Khayaban-i- Shamsheer and Khayaban-i- Mujahid into single- carriage roads, there has been a tremendous pressure of traffic, both private and public, on Khayaban-i- Mujahid which it cannot sustain as it was never meant to be a main thoroughfare according to the DHA master plan.

Khayaban-i-Shamsheer, on the other hand, is a much wider road having six lanes, three on either side, which were until now adequate enough to take care of the two-way traffic and there was no need to convert it into a one-way road. After such conversion the entire traffic coming from Seaview towards Gizri and Sunset Blvd, which was partly shared by Khayabam-i- Shamsheer to ensure smooth a flow of traffic has now been forcibly thrust on Khayaban-i-Mujahid (a much narrower road) which is unable to handle this massive traffic.

Now this results in frequent traffic holdups on this road. Besides, Khayaban-i-Mujahid between 10th and 14th streets having Stadium Commercial is practically a pedestrian street for shoppers and in no way meant for public transport.

It is worth mentioning here that the DHA is now reducing Khayaban-i- Shamsheer into a two-lane road (instead of the existing six lanes) by providing service roads on both sides. Why this main road is now being reduced to a narrow road? The DHA must review its decision and restore the original position of two-way carriage roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic without causing any hardships to residents of the area.

HAMID H. SIDDIQUI Karachi

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Comments (3) (Closed)


M. Ahmed
May 31, 2012 08:26am
DHA is fleecing its resident, it has turned into a money extortion society that provides 3rd class services. The society seems to be managed by greedy people.
waleed
May 31, 2012 11:32am
DHA in its recent visible steps is diverting "public transports" coming from abdulah shah ghazi mazar towards khayaban -e-shahbaz via saba avenue which then leads to gizri and submarine square. It is misleading that khayaban-e-mujahid is being used by buses, but yes it is now main fareway for private vehicles going towards gizri. the current route of public transport is higly beneficial for residents and workforce in commercial areas of badar, shahbaz and nishat as there additional fare for reaching main stop is being saved.
unle
May 31, 2012 12:58pm
DHA is making all wrong decisons and yet it cannot provide its residents with water supply and every houshold jhas to buy water to susbtinence