Sustainable development schemes essential to Karachiites: CM

Sustainable development schemes essential to Karachiites: CM
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KARACHI: Three-member committee headed by additional chief secretary Sindh with finance secretary and Commissioner Karachi as members has been constituted by the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah for early implementation of Mega Development Projects (MDP) of Karachi. 
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the Committee to establish close co-ordination with all stakeholders including federal government and financing agencies and get the work of MDP started for which groundwork has mostly been completed.He assured Karachi administration would be further strengthening in all sense to cope the situation with success. He was presiding over a meeting to discuss and deliberate the administration and development related matters of Karachi. 
The Chief Minister Sindh was of the view through the development schemes of flyover bridges, under passes, widening of roads have converted the main arteries of metropolis as signal free and facilitated the commuters a lot, but the sustainable developments for having sufficient water sources, efficient sewerage system and better and fast transport facilities to the people of Karachi were essentially needed. After the law and order, government is giving top priority to implement MDP of Karachi, which includes KCR project and BRT for better communicates transportation facilities K-4 for having sufficient water sources and S-3 for efficient sewerage system in Karachi. 
He said many national and international investors were taking keen interest to invest here in different sectors because they were aware of its potential the only thing was to coordinate, communicate, inform, encourage and arrange the things.  He said Sindh government would provide all facilities and incentives to the investors. 
He said in order to start the work on KCR Project the government including the 25 percent share of KMC agreed to pay 50 percent cost of project and also informed the federal government in this regard.Besides a high level committee headed by senior Minister Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro with other members from stakeholder organisation was appointed for peacefully removal of encroachment on the route of KCR Project. He said the Committee has also made successful negotiation for removal of the encroachment from remaining little areas in the way and hopefully it would be removed before or followed by execution work on the project. Similarly S-3 project was very much important for sewerage and K-4 for water sources. He directed the Committee to facilitate the organisations concerned for better implementation on S-3 project and proper follow up of K-4 at ECNEC so that these important projects could be completed within shortest possible time. 
He said government was working its best to convert MA Jinnah Road as signal free corridor and by completing Teen Hati Flyover within a month this route would be signal free from Suhrab Goth to Guro Mandir as all other flyovers on this route including Liaquatabad Flyover, Dak Khana Flyover, Water Pump Flyover and Aisha Manzil Flyover have been recently completed. He said government was also working on other 4 new development schemes, which included Malir-15 Flyover, Malir Hault, Mehran Underpass and Shaheen Interchange Flyovers.Except Mehran Underpass, work on other three has been started. While talking on administration issues the Chief Minister assured the officers administratively they would be more strengthened and provided all facilities required to deliver the professional responsibilities easily. He stressed upon the revenue officers to concentrate over the control on price hike and removal of encroachment. 
The Secretary Planning and Development Ms Rehana Memon informed the meeting Rs 916 million has been released against the 7 ongoing development schemes of Karachi out of which 60 percent of released amount has been utilised. She informed some handsome amount has also been released against the 4 new schemes as well.

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