KARACHI - A recent research suggests that the traffic congestions on Karachi roads are costing country’s economy a loss of over Rs200 billion annually.The research, titled Toyota Research on Traffic Congestion was commissioned to NED Engineering University by Indus Motor Company LTD (IMC) as a part of their commitment to contribute to the betterment of the society. The study was aimed at determining the economic costs of traffic congestion on country’s economy by studying a stretch of National Highway Karachi which connects the Port Qasim Industrial Zone with the main city. The NED research team gathered various traffic parameters data over 12 months, incorporating seasonal fluctuation, using professional equipment designed for such researches. Speaking at a press conference held at local hotel here on Tuesday, Dr. Shabbar Ali, Chairman Department of Urban & Infrastructure Engineering, said that “Indus Motor (IMC) has provided tremendous support for this research project, both in terms of financial and management resources.”“IMC’s contribution has allowed us to establish a research center at NED University which is well equipped to conduct such researches throughout the country now. The data and key findings from this research shall help relevant authorities to improve Traffic Management, Road Design and future urban planning,” he added. Dr Afzal Haq, Vice Chancellor of NED University, acknowledged the initiative IMC has taken to promote Industry-academia partnership and requested other organisations to follow in IMC’s footsteps as it will really help build human resource capacity.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 29-Jan-2014 here.