Travelling on the one-kilomtre stretch on Karachi’s University Road from NIPA to Sunday Bazaar has become an uphill task for the thousands of commuters who use the main thoroughfare every day after K-Electric dug up the road for development work.
The power utility started work on the road on April 3 as part of its TP-1000 project that aims to shift all its electric wiring underground and generate an additional 900 megawatts of electricity at the city’s seven grid stations.
“This development work without a proper traffic diversion plan means that it takes us hours to reach our destinations after passing through snarled-up traffic on a daily basis,” one commuter told SAMAA Digital.
Schoolchildren also said they’ve been getting to school late because of the traffic jam in the morning.
But the K-Electric spokesperson said it isn’t their job to manage traffic diversions. He said development work is started after obtaining a No-Objection Certificate from the KMC and DMC East. Managing the traffic is the police’s job, he said.
“The development work will be completed by May 5, before the Ramazan,” said the spokesperson.
The traffic police may not have created a diversion plan, but they have set up a daily WhatsApp message for the public to brief them on the development work and traffic diversions.
They want commuters to user service lanes on the stretch from NIPA to Sunday Bazaar but those lanes aren’t in working order either.
Local councillor Danish Karim said that the service lanes were constructed in August 2018 after laying 21 feet of sewerage lines but the entire infrastructure has been damaged by the heavy vehicles using the lanes on a regular basis.