Pileups feared due to pedestrian movement on LEW

Karachi: Presence of uncollected litter and garbage on the Lyari Expressway irks commuters, while pedestrian movement on this fast track road in a serious threat to human lives, as grave pileups could occur anytime due to this dangerous pedestrian movement.

The beginning of the LEW at Sohrab Goth depicts a sorry picture on heaps of dirt, litter and garbage. The approach road to the LEW is encroached upon by vendors and clogged due to illegal parking of vehicles, traffic flow in wrong direction and presence of illegal bus, taxi and rickshaw stands. The concerned agencies have failed to keep this area clean and free from encroachments.

There are several slum areas running along the LEW route and the expressway in not properly fenced in these areas. Resultantly, men, women and children, mostly street people, rig pickers and drug addicts are found freely moving on the LEW, causing grave threat not only for their own lives, but also for the lives of drivers and commuters.

The National Highway Authority (NHA) that collects millions of rupees as toll from this expressway has so far failed to secure this fast track from pedestrian movement by erecting protective fence along it near slum areas.

Thousands of motorists use the LEW daily and their lives are in danger as dangerous pedestrian movement on it may result into a serious accident and pileup any time.

Citizens have appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who previous week opened the southern bound track of the LEW and National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Jawwad Rafiq Malik National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Jawwad Rafiq Malik to take notice of the situation and order installation of protective fences on both tracks of the LEW besides ordering concerned agencies to keep the LEW clean and tidy and encroachments at its approach roads should be cleared on priority.