If you arrive at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and want to go to another city in Sindh, Punjab, or KPK, you’ll most likely use the M-9 Motorway. We provide some information and depict how the M-9 Motorway looks, how the driving conditions are, and how the scenery of the region through which it travels in this video blog post. It is a good idea to read this blog article and view the video before you drive.
The M-9 Motorway is a 136-kilometer-long six-lane highway that connects the cities of Hyderabad and Karachi in Pakistan’s Sindh province. It is a component of Pakistan’s Motorways Network. It is an improvement to the Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway, which has been paved and has an extra lane on each side.
Who Built the M-9 stretch of road?
The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) developed the highway, while Think Transportation acted as the traffic engineer. The project started in September 2015 and was completed in April 2018. As a result of the project, travel time between Karachi and Hyderabad was supposed to be shortened.
M-9 Motorway interchanges
The motorway has eight interchanges. Toll plazas in Karachi and Hyderabad have 24 lanes. Weigh stations have been erected on new interchanges to avoid overloading. The building of two service areas is proposed. The establishment of two trauma centers is also on the plan. However, I’m not sure when these facilities will be available.
Tollgates on the M-9 Highway
The toll gate is the largest toll plaza in Pakistan. Due to increased traffic flow, the federal government planned to expand the highway from six to eight lanes in February 2022. I’m not sure when it will be expanded to eight lanes.
Use of the M-Tag Auto Payment System on Pakistani Highways
M-Tag is a pre-paid radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is fitted in the top right corner of a vehicle’s front windshield. Scanners have been installed to scan vehicles passing through toll plazas on motorways. As automobiles drive by, these scanners read the M-tags on their license plates, and the appropriate tax is deducted immediately.
Is M-Tag Convenient or a Hassle?
To avoid inconvenience, M-Tags are available at all interchanges and toll plazas, and motorists may also phone the motorway police hotline.
My Personal Experience
My personal experience with M-Tag was a disaster. Instead of being quick, it was inconvenient. When I came to a halt in front of the toll gate, the scanner did not read the tag, and the gate did not open. The toll plaza operator had to physically open the gate. In other instances, I had to move the car back and forth a few times before the scanner read the tag and opened the gate. It never worked correctly. I saw that other automobiles were experiencing the same problems.
A Word of Caution Regarding the Highway’s Condition
Keep an eye out for worsening road conditions in the left lane of the highway. It is dangerous to drive in it or make a sudden move to this lane in several spots. There are no warning signs in the portions of the road that are in bad condition.