KARACHI, July 30: The transport department of city government and traffic police have started preparations for developing “Food Street” in Karachi on the pattern of one in Lahore. The inauguration of Food Street at Burns Road is expected on Aug 14 on the occasion of Independence Day.

In order to review traffic arrangements for Food Street and related traffic plan, a meeting was held at CDGK’s transport and communication department. Among others, EDO Transport Dr Tahir Soomro, DIG Traffic Falak Khurshid, District Officer Planning Haider Ali, Secretary RTA Shamim Akhtar, and Road Safety Officer Zafar Ahsan attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that surveys were being conducted regarding traffic movement, parking and business timings. It was pointed out that surveys about locations of traffic accidents had been completed and two such locations had been identified where most accidents occurred while planning was in progress to reduce traffic accidents at 20 hazardous intersections.

In the light of “black spot” study report, steps would be taken to reduce the speed of vehicles at dangerous intersections. The meeting reviewed road safety education plan and it was decided that traffic police and transport department would work jointly for imparting road safety education to road users.

It was decided that a pedestrian bridge would be constructed near Shah Faisal flyover. Besides, a special channel will be constructed to provide access to ambulances from Sharea Faisal to the NICVD so that heart patients are transported without any delay. Earlier, DIG Traffic Falak Khurshid and EDO Transport Dr Tahir Soomro were briefed about Drivers Training Institute project. —APP

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