Lyari Expressway to complete by Dec 2014, NA told

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed Tuesday that construction work on Lyari Expressway in Karachi will be completed by December 2014.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Sheikh told the House in response of a Calling Attention Notice that some patches of land were illegally occupied by land mafia that caused delay in construction.

“But, the government is confident that the land will be vacated and the project will be completed by December 2014,” he said responding to the questions of the movers.

MNAs Sheikh Salahuddin, Sufyan Yousaf, Saman Sultana Jafferi, Muzammal Qureshi and Salman Khan Baloch had drawn the attention of the minister towards delay in construction of Lyari Expressway.

The House was also informed that Secretary Communication and National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman held meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh and it was agreed to get the land vacated at the earliest.

“As soon as the land will be available, the work will be expedited,” the minister assured and said, the Prime Minister has also directed NHA to brief him on the ongoing projects to set a priority for early completion.

Answering a question about corruption in Lyari Expressway project, the minister asked the members to bring forth the evidences and the government will take action.

“This is motto of our party and vision of the Prime Minister to root out corruption. Therefore, any evidence of corruption will be dealt with accordingly,” he told the House.

He said it is desire of the government to provide maximum relief to masses through completion of the ongoing development projects across the country.

The minister said more than 50 percent work on 32 km long two-way Lyari Expressway has already been completed and remaining task will be accomplished at earliest possible.

He said construction of flyovers on Expressway is also under consideration and it is “our” desire that the Prime Minister inaugurates the project and gift it to people of Karachi.