KARACHI: Sindh government is giving priority to develop Karachi on modern lines and is spending more than Rs 42 billion on its development except providing Rs 2.237 billion for Karachi special annual package and subsidy to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB).
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah said in addition Sindh government would bear 50 percent cost of K-4 great water supply project of Karachi and also supplement in implementation on KS-III Sewerage Project.
During a review meeting on the performance of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Qaim said the supply of drinking water, efficient disposal of sewerage and storm water and sanitation were the main issues of Karachi.
He directed Secretary Finance to examine an evaluate the requirement of KMC for financing its development schemes/projects from Sindh government with reference to its own development budget.
He directed the engineers of KMC to prepare the PC-I for desilting, cleaning and protecting the Gujar Nala with cemented wall from both sides to stop further encroachment, ensure existing flow of sewerage effluent for short term strategy and submit the schemes for removal of existing encroachment and complete rehabilitation of Gujar Nala as par long term strategy and proper sanitation for which Rs 100 million already has been provided to the KMC.
PPP government has made legislation under which Solid Waste Management Board was being constituted to deal with this problem scientifically.
Sindh government is passing from the process to nominate efficient Managing Director (MD) Solid Waste Management Board and he directed Chief Secretary Sindh to appoint MD by the end of this calendar year and make the Board functional.
He disclosed some Chinese firms have also expressed their interest for recycling garbage of Karachi to generate 600 megawatts electricity and Sindh government would welcome such investment.
Expressing his dissatisfaction over the punctuality and performance of the sanitation workers of the Local Government, he directed the Secretary Finance to shift the salary disbursement of Local Government employees from officers concern to Accountant General Sindh as par pattern of other employees of Sindh government.
Sindh Minister for Local Government/Information Sharjeel Inam Memon recommended for out sources the functions for disposal of sanitation.
Administration KMC Rauf Farooqi requested financial help especially for implementation of KMC Project including National Highway N-5, repairing Jam Sidiq Bridge and implementation on the scheme for six corridors on Shershah Road.
Chief Minister assured KMC for supplementing them in public oriented projects and asked them to submit their annual development programme schemes to the planning and development department as block allocation of Rs 1 billion has already been earmarked for this purpose and Rs 1,237 million being provided to KMC for its ongoing schemes.
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