KARACHI, Nov 4: The city government has placed as many as 35 main and busy thoroughfares under the Road Widening Scheme to shed the ever-increasing load of vehicular traffic which has already crossed the mark of one million.
All the enlisted roads and streets would be constructed only in accordance with ‘set back rules’ prescribed by the city government’s Master Plan & Environmental Control Department in consultation with relevant authorities from time to time.
One of major criteria set for the roads and streets enlisted under the scheme is that no basement or structure would be allowed in a portion of a plot affected by the widening of road. Besides, any compulsory open space specified for any building would be in addition to the set back prescribed for the widening of road/street on which it abuts.
However, a visit to different parts of the city, particularly the Old City area, would show that no proper measures are being taken by the KBCA to check or bring to a halt the construction/renovation works currently being undertaken along the roads falling under the scheme.
According to city government sources, a number of old buildings along the enlisted roads are either built without having the cut-line space between the structure and the roads as specified under the KB&TP Regulations, 2002.
Moreover, the KBCA’s policy of granting permission for constructing a new building with a Chajja (projection) in the cut-line space upon submission of an undertaking that “it (projection) would be demolished as and when required for the widening of roads” may create a lot of problems because in most of such cases, builders/owners have raised shops under such projections, the sources pointed out. They wondered that how would a person having purchased a shop in such a building at a considerable price allow demolition of his property.
“In fact, owners of a number of old buildings with a view to saving them from the condition of leaving cut-line space, usually get the permission for renovating their building and while undertaking renovation works, they also extend the projection,” the sources added.
The roads and streets enlisted for the Road Widening Scheme under the KB&TP Regulations, 2002, and their existing and proposed width are as follows:
Road/street Existing Width Proposed Width
Jehangir Sethna Road 80ft 130ft
Aga Khan Road 60ft 80ft
Business Recorder Road 100ft 120ft
Nooman Road 42ft 80ft
Chand Bibi Road 90ft 100ft
Strachen Road 56ft 80ft
Havelock Road 80ft 140ft
Aram Bagh Road 52ft 80ft
Zaibunnisa Street 72ft 80ft
Jamila Street 66ft 80ft
Preedy Street 87ft 120ft
Syedna Tahir Saifuddin Road 55.9ft 80ft
I. I. Chundrigar Road 82ft 116ft
Club/Tamizuddin Khan roads 62ft 120ft
M. A. Jinnah Road (Old Exhibition-Garden) 83ft 150ft
M. A. Jinnah Road (Preedy Street-Tower) 83ft 140ft
Nishtar Road 78ft 120ft
Baba-i-Urdu Road 66ft 100ft
Britto Road 50ft 80ft
Lal Chand Hassomal Road 40ft 80ft
Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road:
M. A. Jinnah Road-I.I. Chundrigar Road 80ft 100ft
I.I. Chundrigar Road-Hoshang Road 80ft 120ft
Aga Khan and Nawab Mahabat Khanji Roads 92ft 100ft
Altaf Hussain Road (Napier Road) 52ft 100ft
(Lea Market-I. I. Chundrigar Road)
Shahrah-i-Liaquat + extension up to Quaid’s mausoleum 72ft 120ft
Hoshang Road (Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road-Jinnah Hospital) 59ft 80ft
Mohammad Bin Qasim Road 80ft 120ft
North South Road 59ft 140ft
Verley Vines Pedro D’Souza Road 50ft 80ft
Napier Mole Road (Tower-Keamari) 82ft 120ft
Garden Road 72ft 120ft
Edulji Dinshaw Road 100ft 140ft
Abdullah Haroon Road 80ft 120ft
Northern and Southern Lyari Bank Road
(from Mauripur to Shaheed-i-Millat Road) up to 100ft M. A. JInnah Road (from Mohan Road to Mereweather Tower) 84ft 141ft
Mir Karam Ali Talpur Road
(from II Chundrigar Road to Syed Mahmood 92ft 100ft
Shah Road-Lea Market)
I. I. Chundrigar Road (from Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road to Tower) 64ft 117ft
Nishtar Road (from Harris and Embankment Road to 80ft 140ft
Tin Hatti crossing)