Karachi uplift vital to lift exports, economic activities, says Imran

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the federal government is committed to playing its due role in development and progress of Karachi in view of public welfare.
The Prime Minister said this while chairing a review meeting here on Friday regarding completed and ongoing projects of the federal government for the development of Karachi.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the progress on Rs162 billion development package announced by the federal government.
The Prime Minister said provision of civic facilities and development in proportion with Karachi’s population was ignored in the past. He said increase in exports is vital for economic development and it is necessary to improve port and transportation facilities in Karachi to achieve this objective. He said development of Karachi and the country is interlinked. He said Karachi is an engine of growth in the country’s economy.
Khan called for immediate focus to issues pertaining to clean drinking water, sewerage, and water pollution.
It was decided in the meeting to reorganize the Sindh Infrastructure Development Company and enhance its capacity for timely implementation of development projects.
A detailed briefing was also given about various projects, including construction of flyover on Jinnah Avenue, progress on operationalisation of Green Line, different development projects being completed in other parts of Sindh under Prime Minister’s Package, big projects under public private partnership like water filtration plants, revamping of Lyari Expressway, and extension of Karachi Northern Bypass.
The meeting was informed that Sakhi Hassan, Five Star, and KDA flyovers, 6.4 kilometer-long road and a portion of Manghopir road were inaugurated last week. It was told that infrastructure of Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System will be completed by March next year, while 95 percent work on water supply line with a diameter of 66 inches from Banaras to Jam Chakro has been completed and rest of the work will be accomplished by next month. Regarding up-gradation of fire-fighting system of Karachi Municipal Corporation, it was told that so far over one billion rupees have been spent on this project under which fifty fire tenders will be included.
Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Haider Zaidi, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, relevant federal and provincial ministers and secretaries attended the meeting. – TLTP