Area Guide Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Founded as Drigh Road, is a boulevard in Karachi that runs 18 km (11 mi), from the Bhutto Underpass near Hotel Metropole in central Karachi to Star Gate near Jinnah International Airport, where it becomes N-5 National Highway
This road is one of Karachi's busiest and is used by approximately 250,000 cars and vehicles daily.
It is not clear when the road was built, however, the first Air India flight took off on 15 October 1924, from Karachi's Drigh Road Aerodrome, and the record mentions the road. RAF Drigh Road was a Royal Air Force base, where T.E. Lawrence, who later was famously known as "Lawrence of Arabia," was stationed between 1927 and 1928.
In the 1970s, Shahrah-e-Faisal was part of the National Highway and thus belonged to the Government of Sindh. In 1977 under the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq, Drigh Road was officially renamed Shahrah-e-Faisal after King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.The city of Lyallpur was also renamed Faisalabad in his honor that year. Only the road itself was renamed, and the Drigh Road name continues to be used in other contexts, such as Drigh Road railway station, Drigh Road Flyover, and Drigh Colony. The old name continues to be used informally.
In the 1980s, the Government of Sindh transferred the road to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. An estimated 250,000 vehicles now use the road daily.
In 1987, Shahrah-e-Faisal had around 30 billboards. By 2014, their number had grown to 140, from Hotel Metropole to Gora Qabristan, earning the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Rs. 250 million per year. In 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered these billboards removed because, over time, several had collapsed in strong winds, killing and injuring several people. In 2016, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation decided to demolish the Drigh Road flyover, which needed multiple repairs since it was built in 1996. This flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal takes traffic from the airport towards Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
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