KARACHI - With much delay, construction work of pedestrian bridges on 11 selected sites has been started as soil investigation work on all sites has been completed and by the end of March the pedestrian bridges would be installed on all the selected locations, The Nation learnt on Sunday. It may be noted that, earlier, the city government after a delay of almost two years, had identified total 28 sites in which 11 have been selected. City government will use its own resources of worth Rs100 million for construction while remaining was proposed on BOT (built, operate and transfer) basis. The CDGK on the directives of City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal had established a separate section in Transport and Communication Department (TCD) named pedestrian bridges, bus stop and special projects led by Project Director Muhammad Athar, former EDO (TCD) and currently special assistance of city nazim on transport issues. In this regard, the tenders were invited and to be opened by the end of December, 2008, but it was delayed due to poor response of the bidders. But in the second attempt the city government had successful in awarding the tenders to five different companies for the construction of pedestrian bridges who has completed the soil testing on the selected sites, sources in the TCD said. It is also mentioned that the TCD had finalised the sites at Behzad Lakhnavi Road, Shadman No 2, North Nazimabad; 5,000 Road, near Nagan Chowrangi, Iqbal Plaza; Nawab Siddique Ali Khan Road, Sharah-e-Faisal near Awami Markaz; Shahrah-e-Pakistan near Incholi; Shahrah-e-Pakistan near Agha Khan Flat Gulberg Town; 5,000 Road near Town Municipal Chowrangi North Karachi; 5,000 Road near Bara Market, North Karachi Town; 5,000 Road near Saleem Centre, North Karachi and 5,000 Road near UP Morr, North Karachi. All these sites are in the city's most congested towns like New Karachi, Gulshan, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad and Gulberg. But the department had yet to bring city's busiest thoroughfares in the priority list like II Chundrigar Road, different roads in the Saddar's commercial areas, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Korangi Expressway from Baloch Colony Bridge to Qayyumabad, Rafiqi Shaheed Road from Regent Plaza to off School Road near Cantonment Railway Station and others. Muhammad Athar, the Project Director while talking to the Nation had confirmed that development work has been started on all selected sites and by the end of the March 11 pedestrian bridges would be installed on the selected locations. However, there were total 45 pedestrian bridges in different parts of the city installed by the city government and other civic agencies including DHA (Defence Housing Authority), NHA (National Highway Authority) and CBF (Cantonment Board Faisal). The city government had installed total 34 pedestrian bridges including seven on signal-free corridor one stretched between Karsaz to Site industrial area while 10 installed on different busy thoroughfares being operating on BOT basis. The DHA had four pedestrian bridges on Korangi Road, the NHA has two on Mauripur Road, Pakistan Steel has one at National Highway and CBF has one on Shahrah-e-Faisal near PAF Base Faisal.