Traffic and Transportation
LARKANO

 

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Roads and Junctions

The overall conditions of the road network are rather satisfactory.  The city is well served by a number of regional roads from all directions including: Qambar, Moenjodaro, Naudero, and Ratodero villages.  There is also a ring road encircling major parts of the city and connecting various regional arteries with each other.  However, only a small portion of this ring road between Rice Canal and Moenjodaro Road is metalled, while the remaining portion is 'katcha' (unpaved) track.  A by-pass between Naudero Road and Ratodero road is also being constructed by the Highway Department.

Most urban roads in Larkano, with the exception of those found in the CBD area, follow grid iron patterns.  Bunder/Quaid-i-Azam Road, Empire road, Quaid-i-Awam road, Iqbal Road, and VIP/Raza Shah Kabir Road are some of the most important urban arterials in Larkano.  Pavement conditions of these roads are in general satisfactory and the instituted ROWs (Right of Way) are adequate.  However, projections, encroachmens, and parked vehicles, particularly around CBD, reduce the effective road widths and create congestion in many central localities.

Jalus Chowk, Pakistan Chowk, Bank Chowk, Naudero Chowk, Royal Chowk, and Jinnah Chowk are some of the most important junctions in Larkano.  Of these, Jalus and Pakistan junctions are the most critical as regards the traffic of the city.  Encroachments and illegal on-street parking reduce the effective capacity of the junctions and create problems.

Traffic

Traffic in Larkano is composed of more than 14 modes including a very high percentage of slow moving vehicles.  Motor-rickshaws and Tongas are the most common modes for intra-city  movement of passengers, while hand-carts and donkey-carts are popular modes used for intra-city movement of goods.  Most of the inter-city passenger movement is effected via buses and wagons, while inter-city movement of goods depends mainly on trucks, tractor, trolleys and animal driven carts.  A considerable amount of traffic load is also taken by the trains.

Larkano is divided into two parts by the Kotri-Dadu-Habibkot branch line of Pakistan Railways.  A branch line to Jacobabad also starts from Larkano.  Movement across the railway line is effected through two grade-separated and three level crossings.  Here it must be noted that the grade-separated crossings are of limited usefulness since their low clearnace height does not allow trucks and buses to use them.  A level crossing (tin tin phatak) in city holds the world record for being closed most of the time.  A flyover bridge has been constructed to alleviate the problem.