KPT to build six-lane bridge to connect east & west wharves: Ali Zaidi

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is contracting for a six-lane bridge after the planning and tendering process, the federal maritime affairs minister announced on Monday.

Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi in a tweet said that the contract is being finalized after 2 1/2 years of planning and tendering process.

The six-lane bridge connecting East and West Wharves along Native Jetty will cost Rs 2.3 billion, he said. The project will be completed within 18 months, the minister stated.

The movement of cargo and traffic congestions caused by it was a big challenge. This six-lane bridge will address this issue, the Maritime Affairs minister said.

The KPT in an earlier statement had said that the project envisages the development of a six-lane, approximately nine kilometres long, elevated port expressway that would be connected to the under construction Pakistan Deep Water Container Port (PDWCP) with the Lyari Expressway while passing over the Mauripur Road.

“The expressway would facilitate the coal yard, PDWCP and KPT’s East and West wharves,” the port authority said while quoting a top official.

The KPT was considering various options to give connectivity to the Pakistan Deep Water Container Port including an increase in the capacity of the traffic flow by separating city-bound and port traffic, sources said.