Every day millions of vehicles pass through the main roads of Karachi and this heavy traffic flow is unlike any other city in Pakistan. To avoid unnecessary clogging of the main roads, local traffic police authorities have to stay incredibly alert, especially during rush hours. Being in a city of enormous size, it is quite easy for you to lose your way or face nerve-racking traffic jams while traveling. In addition, passing through narrow streets and alleys of any particular area in Karachi can also be quite challenging.
To avoid any unfavorable situation, it is better to make use of the main roads and freeways, if there are any near you. These routes in Karachi may be longer but they will quickly get you to your destination. So, here are the names of some of the fastest routes that can help you move in the busy metropolis in a convenient way.
Starting from Clifton Cantonment and going all the way to Malir, Shahrah-e-Faisal is one of the finest and most feasible ways in Karachi. A large number of people access it on a daily basis, especially for their daily commute. In recent years, the authorities have constructed a few flyovers and underpasses at some intersections on Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, turning it into a signal-free corridor. The number of U-turns has also been kept limited in order to let the traffic flow smoothly as much as possible. At numerous points, this route is linked with many famous freeways such as Korangi Road, Shahrah-e-Quaideen Road, Shaheed-i-Millat Road, Rashid Minhas Road and Airport Road. Having access to so many important roads and areas, Shahrah-e-Faisal let you get to your destination with utmost convenience.
Shaheed-i-Millat Expressway is another popular route used by people to get to different areas of Karachi. It starts from Jail Chowrangi Flyover and runs all the way to Qayyumabad Bridge having multiple flyovers, allowing vehicles to smoothly pass through it. Like any other important route in the city, Shaheed-i-Millat Expressway has multiple traffic lanes and is connected to many important freeways at various intersections including Jail Road, University Road, Tariq Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal and Korangi Road. It also serves as the fastest route for many commuters who have to travel to and fro between Shahrah-e-Faisal and DHA on a daily basis.
Rashid Minhas Road
The intersection of Shahrah-e-Faisal is the starting point for Rashid Minhas Road that ends at Sher Shah Suri Road, which is almost the other side of the city. It has also been turned into a freeway by the authorities after the construction of several bridges and flyovers on it, ensuring the free flow of traffic running in either direction of this route.
Scores of vehicles make use of this route regularly because it intersects with many other popular roads of Karachi at several points like Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, University Road, Stadium Road, Shahrah-e-Pakistan and Sher Shah Suri Road. Rashid Minhas Road is frequently used by people travelling from the areas around Shahrah-e- Faisal to feasibly get toGulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, North Nazimabad and Federal B. Area.
Beginning at the Jail Chowrangi stop and ending all the way at Safoora Chowrangi, University Road is one of the busiest roads in Karachi that has been converted into a signal-free corridor after the completion of numerous infrastructure projects on it. It links multiple areas in Gulshan Town to the city centre and allows traffic to run smoothly through its multiple lanes.
Many of the famous educational institutions in Karachi are found on University Road, for example, Karachi University, NED University, Federal Urdu University and Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology. Other popular routes linked to University Road are Stadium Road, New M.A Jinnah Road, Shaheed-i-Millat Expressway, Rashid Minhas Road and Jauhar Chowrangi Road.
Shahrah-e-Pakistan, which is also one of the longest roads in Karachi, starts from Guru Mandir and goes as far as M9 Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway. A large number of vehicles cross it every day, heading towards different destinations. Shahrah-e-Pakistan effectively links many important parts of the city. Places like Guru Mandir, Teen Hatti, Liaquatabad, Federal B. Area, Water Pump, and Ayesha Manzil Chowrangi are connected with each other via Shahrah-e-Pakistan. Routes of Nishtar Road, Rashid Minhas Road and Abdul Hasan Ispahani Road intersect Shahrah-e-Pakistan Road at several different points.
M.A. Jinnah Road
Of course, when discussing the best routes in Karachi, mentioning the name of M.A. Jinnah Road is a must. It is one of the oldest roads in the city that connects the area of Kharadar, Mithadar, West Wharf and Tower to the rest of the city. It is the most crowded route out of all the ones mentioned above and is used by hundreds of thousands of people to either get to work or other important places.
M.A. Jinnah Road has many traditional markets and bazaars all around it. Numaish Chowrangi, which is undoubtedly the most famous intersection on M.A. Jinnah road, has been closed for traffic due to the development work of Green Line BRT. II Chundrigar Road, Napier Road, Preedy Street, Zaib Un Nissa Street, and Shahrah-e-Quaideen connect with M.A Jinnah Road through various intersections.
Ever since its completion, Lyari Expressway turned out to be one of the most useful routes to get from one corner of Karachi to another. The intersection of M9 Karachi-Hyderabad Motorways serves as the starting point of Lyari Expressway that stretches all the way to the Mauripur Road. To avoid traffic congestion and road jams, people usually make use of this route that is also believed to be the fastest way of getting to their respective destinations. On a couple of intersections, Lyari Expressway can also be accessed by other popular roads in Karachi like Sher Shah Muhammad Suleman Road, Shahrah-e-Pakistan and Rashid Minhas Road.
Lastly, the Upcoming 38-Kilometer-Long Expressway
Malir Motorway is a much awaited expressway, which, upon completion, will run along Malir River letting traffic to flow freely all the way from the Qayumabad Bridge located near DHA Bypass to Karachi-Hyderabad M9 Motorway. The proposed infrastructure project will be nearly 40 kilometres long and comprised of three-lanes on each of its sides, allowing vehicles to run smoothly. Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah has ordered the authorities to start the construction of this project by June 2019. However, it might take at least three to four years for this project to complete.