Sindh Govt is standing with Karachiites: C.M

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah addressing a Press conference here at the CM House, Wednesday. Provincial Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon is also seen in the picture. - Staff Photo

Imran Zakir

KARACHI: Only 10% parts of Karachi are submerged while another spell of monsoon rain is likely to begin Thursday (today), says Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah at a Press conference held here at the C.M House, Wednesday.
He said “the city to oversee the impact of urban flooding due to recent heavy spells of rains ”
He was briefed about the latest situation of water drainage from the city and assured the Sindh Government complete support to Karachiites.
Speaking in the press conference he said that all our officers are in Karachi and we imposed a rain emergency before a week. The Chief executive administration of the Province Dr. Sohail Rajput, KWSB head, SSWMB head and Administrator Karachi are visiting various rain affected areas of Karachi.
He said the wrong political decisions of MQM and Jamaat-e-Islami caused the urban flooding here. He said Mustafa Kamal, the best Mayor, what he did with Karachi and MQM leaders are just limited to photo sessions. The past 3.5 years of PTI were bad for this city which claim that they spent billions on the development of this city which is all point scoring. I’m facing a court case from 04 years of 100 megawatt power plant which is generating 24 hours electricity.
He admitted only the old city area was affected because 03 sewerage lines were choked due to unplanned building structures and encroachments but we put in human efforts. PPP came into power again in 2008 which improved Karachi’s situation.
In a question-answer session he said that first we’ll give the self sacrifice to demolish KMC main building at M.A Jinnah road then we request one of the powerful Media house, Supreme Court and IOBM to demolish their parkings which encroached nullhas, KMC building while Shaheen Complex building is also built on nullahs which was built in 80s.
He said PTI spent 60 million on nullah every year but no outcome is seen. All commercialization started after 2000 and Jamaat-e-Islami played major role in roads commercialization. This city, he said, has a population of more than 20 million which is not an easy task to address all metropolitan issues.
Responding to a question regarding other stakeholders’ performance in the city, he said that South has more rains that’s why Defence and its adjoining areas’ situation is the worst and DHA did not design a proper drainage system while KPT did not have a working mindset. While we drained 90% water from city, main arteries are opened. Estimated loss is not calculated.
Murad Ali Shah agreed with the Media question about SSWB negligence that sacrificial waste may cause diarrhea and other waterborne diseases after torrential rains in Karachi.