The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is presently constructing a six-lane bridge in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion. The announcement was made on Twitter by Ali Zaidi, the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs.

According to the information provided by the Minister, KPT concluded the contract for the bridge after two and a half years of planning and bidding for the project. The Native Jetty bridge, which will have six lanes, will link the East and West Wharves and will have six lanes in total. Furthermore, it would cost Rs 2.3 billion and is projected to be finished within 18 months after beginning.

KPT anticipates that the construction of the six-lane bridge would help to alleviate traffic congestion caused by the transportation of freight.

While Minister Ali Zaidi was being praised, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry was also being praised. Additionally, Minister Zaidi’s efforts was lauded on Twitter by the Twitterati community. To be clear, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is a federally governed public sector entity that is responsible for the oversight of the operations of Karachi Port.

It functions as a Trust, with a Board of Trustees that is independent of the federal government. It is funded by the federal government. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, on the other hand, continues to be in charge of it.

“Congratulations, Minister Sahab Ali Zaidi,” Fawad Chaudhry said on Twitter.

As a result, KPT said that the elevated port expressway would link the Pakistan Deep Water Container Port (PDWCP), which is now under development, with the Lyari Expressway while crossing over the Mauripur Road. As a consequence, the coal yard, PDWCP, and KPT’s East and West Wharves will all benefit from the expressway’s construction.

Most notably, under the leadership of the PTI administration, KPT achieved tremendous achievement. Minister Zaidi declared back in June that KPT has seen significant growth over the previous months.

According to the numbers published by the minister in his tweet, during the 11-month fiscal year from July to May 2021, the amount of cargo passing through the ports grew by 25.71 percent as compared to the same time in the previous fiscal year, according to the minister.

Similarly, over the 11-month period from July 2020 to May 2021, the port had a 13.6 percent rise in container handling year on year and a 21.3 percent increase in ship traffic.

By News Desk

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