Transport Airport Railway Highway Roads
The Railway Among the first promoters of railways in Sindh was Hardy Wells, a civil engineer who had toured the country and made a survey of possible routes for the railway. Largely due to his efforts, the Sindh Railway Company was formed in 1855, under the chairmanship of W.P. Andrews. This company was to build not only the Sindh railway, but also the Punjab line from Multan to Lahore and Amritsar. It was also in charge of a flotilla of steamboats on the river between Kotri and Multan which would complete the System of communication between the Punjab and Karachi. Work was begun on the Sindh section of the railway in 1858. After some delay and difficulty in construction, the Karachi Kotri line was opened for traffic on 11 May 1861.Opinion regarding its route was still very mixed, but the line carried goods from the harbour to the river station efficiently and quickly, helping to improve trade.
Today there are seven main stations in Sukkur at Sukkur, Rohri Junction, Pano Akil, Ghotki, Dharki, Shahbunder, and Arain Road, and two main junctions, at Rohri and Sukkur. Sukkur is connected with the Karachi Peshawar line via Rohri junction and with Sibi via the Habibkot junction.
There is one civil airport in Sukkur, at Arain Road. The first air service to be licensed for short haul operations was Crescent Air Transport, which started its service from Karachi to Jacobabad via Hyderabad, Nawabshah, and Sukkur in 1953. In 1955, the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation PIA came into existence and soon had a country wide monopoly on air service. PIA had regular flights between Karachi and Sukkur, and there is a daily service from Sukkur to Quetta.
There important highways run across Sukkur District: the Lahore Kashmore via Lakhi 54.5 miles. There is also a new road which connects Sukkur District with Larkana directly, and which has shortened the distance between the two from 70 to 50 miles. Sukkur District is fortunate in having NHA the National Highway going through it diagonally however, lack of secondary roads in far off areas to connect with main roads is a major problem.
Road building and maintenance is the responsibility of two separate bodies, the Provincial Highway Department and the District Council. The table below show which body is responsible for how many miles of road:
Black top Brick level Katcha not made up.
|The Provincial Highway||218.25||—–||82.20|
|The District Council||22.50||30.00||904.80|
The overall condition of the roads in the District requires improvement and reconditioning.There is a pressing demand from the public for road in the rural areas.