CDGK to shift wholesale markets to Northern Bypass

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In a move aiming to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis, the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has decided to shift wholesale markets and warehouses located in different areas of the city to the Northern Bypass. In order to facilitate the shifting of markets to the new site, the Sindh Board of Revenue had recently allotted at least 1,490 acres land near the Northern Bypass to the CDGK, sources told Pakistan Today. The long-anticipated decision was taken by Karachi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Mohammad Hussain Syed in a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting was also attended by Revenue Executive District Officer (EDO) Ghanwar Leghari, Master Plan EDO Iftikhar Qaimkhani, Works and Services Management DO Muhammad Shukaib, Transport and Communication DO Mohammad Athar and Revenue deputy district officers.
It was decided in the meeting that initially the warehouses, cold storages, truck stands and pipe factories would be shifted to the new location while iron markets, scrap markets, timber markets, wholesale markets, paper markets, cloth markets, furniture markets, car show rooms and asphalt plant would be moved to the Northern Bypass at a later stage.
The DCO issued directives to initiate relevant work on immediate basis, besides master planning, layout and construction of these projects.
“The representatives of markets concerned should be taken onboard so that their requirements can be taken into consideration while undertaking the project,” stated Syed.
It is worth mentioning that various markets, warehouses and truck stands in the city have been creating immense problems for smooth flow of vehicular traffic and the citizens for a long time.