‘Land at Taluka Shah Bandar to start residential city project Zulfiqarabad’

KARACHI: Initially 55,000 acres of land has been identified at Taluka Shah Bandar to start the work for the establishment of mega residential city project Zulfiqarabad. Sindh government has decided to expedite the working on this important project and to remove all bottlenecks if any in the way of its implementations. 
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah at a review meeting on progress of work on Zulfiqarabad project said this was a very important project of Sindh, as it would pave the new avenues of progress and prosperity for the people of Sindh. He said the progress of its implementation has been remained slower because of different reasons. He said though this project was conceived on 1.3 million acres of land but till date 55,000 acres at Taluka Shah Bundar has been identified to start the working on project. He directed the officers to undertake survey and at least 100,000 acres of land should be brought under the city plan on its initial stage. 
He directed the revenue officers to complete the demarcation of proposed government land and purchase the private land within the premises of the project and transfer to the project management at earliest. Talking on the problem of litigation of a contractor for the construction of 44 kilometers expressway of the project, he asked the Advocate General Sindh to approach the court and get the stay order evacuated. He directed the management to engage reputed city architectural firms in this task and Sindh government to help them in all sense.
Managing Director Zulfiqarabad Lt Gen (retd) Iftikhar Hussain Shah briefing the meeting said actually this project was conceived on 1.3 million acres of land, but 0.9 million acres was under the sea. Besides, the remaining land is in fragment condition, as such his administration has to face difficulties, however initially they have planned to start from Shah Bandar where at least 55,000 acres of land is available.
This year his management needs Rs 1.7 billion for land acquisition, Rs 1.3 billion for road construction and Rs 1.4 billion for the construction of bridges. He said construction work on the expressway was on halt, because of stay order issued by Court to another contractor whose services were terminated because of substandard work. 

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