Haphazard construction of flyover creates problems

District

Larkana: The construction of a flyover in a haphazard manner, without prior planning and alternate route arrangements has created a lot of problems of citizens.

According to details, the negative consequences of haphazard construction of new flyover bridge over Rice Canal has started surfacing causing hardships for the commuters and patients of two major hospitals, Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women (SZHW) and Institute of Child Healthcare (ICH) of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH). SZHW is located on one side of the road and ICH on the other side and in mid of both flyover has been constructed ignoring the importance of the hospital which instead of resolving traffic jams issue has further aggravated the situation specially for those who arrive from Kambar-Shahdadkot, Nasirabad, Wagan and the patients who want treatment at both the hospitals.

The haphazard construction has exposed poor pre-planning process. Sindh Government spent about Rs700 million over the construction of the bridge which has been named as ‘Ameer Begum Bhutto Flyover’.

The planners did not include service roads in the PC-1 which seems to have been approved under haste and is under revision now, sources further revealed. The emergency patients who are rushed to these hospitals in ambulances are facing acute problems in entering the hospital/s because both entrances have come under the bridge. The problems of the people who are living near the flyover have also multiplied.

The issue was also raised by Prof. Shahida Magsi, Head of Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Unit-II, SZHW, in recent meeting of CMC Hospital Management Board presided over by Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University and attended by Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Larkana and others.

She had said that due to dug up roads the female patients face serious hardships in reaching the hospital which cannot be called a development. The district administration is considering revising the PC-1 which will include service roads, construction of new separate gates for both the hospitals and repair of their boundary walls.

The flyover has already been opened without being inaugurated by any political personality.