When the PML-N first took over the government four-and-a-half years ago, citizens of Islamabad were told that the Islamabad Expressway would be expanded into five lane dual carriageway all the way from Faisal Mosque to Rawat. Those who use this road frequently were delighted. The capital witnessed many signal-free corridors and the widening of roads. However, there is a six-kilometre stretch of the Islamabad Expressway, between Gulberg Green and Swan Gardens, where there are three sets of bridges which are only two-lanes wide. During the evening rush hour, it takes up to 45 minutes to cover these six kilometres.
The Islamabad administration must take a series of measures to reduce frequent traffic congestion on this stretch. First, it must restrict heavy vehicles during the evening rush hour. Second, it must widen the road at the u-turns near the PWD Colony and Swan Gardens. This would allow vehicles going straight to keep moving without getting stuck at the u-turns. Third, it must repair the potholes on the road and bridges. It is hoped that the relevant authorities will take required action in the near future.
Syed Hussein El-Edroos