Shahdara is a historical town that connects Lahore with many cities in different directions, such as Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhelum, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Narowal and Sialkot. It is a gateway to Lahore which has been neglected by governments for the last many years.
The town remains in the grip of massive traffic jams almost at all times. Governments in the past had approved the Shahdara flyover project to improve the traffic flow, but none of them ever worked sincerely to resolve the issue.
More than a million people pass through this town daily, and the number increases during winters because of frequent motorway closures owing to fog. Due to traffic issues, ambulances remain stuck for hours and many patients die on the way to hospitals. The residents of Shahdara deserve the attention of the provincial government in terms of ending the discrimination the smaller towns face compared to the big cities when it comes to development schemes. The authorities concerned must start the Shahdara flyover project at the earliest as this project is already approved by the government.
Dr Raheel Yasin