Implementation committee comprising representatives of the federal and provincial governments has been notified to ensure and monitor the implementation of the Rs 11 trillion Karachi package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement, the Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) will be headed by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
The Chairman of the P&D Board, P&D Department of the Government of Sindh is the Secretary of the Committee while it includes representatives of the Federal Government and the Provincial Government.
The members of the committee will include Chief Secretary Sindh, Commissioner Karachi, Administrator Karachi, Secretary Local Government, Secretary Transport and Mass Transit Department besides Headquarters 5 Corps Karachi, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and one representative each from the Federal Government.
According to the term of reference of the committee, the Chief Minister will plan for the implementation of development projects through the concerned government authorities.
The committee will address obstacles to the implementation of the project and act as a central forum for cooperation for all stakeholders.
The committee’s job is to co-operate and ensure the availability and equitable use of funds.
In addition, the forum reserves the right to ensure adherence to set timelines and to make adjustments as needed.
In addition, the committee will keep a record of all projects and take all necessary steps to ensure monitoring with quality control.
The committee will also oversee the development work of the working institutions and facilitate its implementation with the involvement of the public and private sectors.
The committee will be entitled to implement and change the development package in collaboration with all stakeholders.
It may be recalled that on September 5, Prime Minister Imran Khan called on all stakeholders to ensure a package of Rs. 11 trillion for the development of the country’s economic hub Karachi and its implementation. It had announced the formation of a PCIC comprising officials.
The package announced by the Prime Minister had sparked a debate between the federal and provincial governments, with ministries on both sides claiming that they were contributing more to the package.
However, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Omar, in an effort to end the blame game, called for moving forward and working on the plan.
Later, President Arif Ali “requested” the PTI federal government and the PPP provincial government to maintain an atmosphere of cooperation for at least the next three years so that funds could be spent for the development of Karachi.
The Karachi Transformation Plan announced by the Prime Minister includes Rs 92 billion for water supply projects, Rs 267 billion for solid waste management and cleaning and opening of drains, Rs 141 billion for sewage treatment projects, Rs 41 billion. Rs. 572 billion is allocated for roads and Rs. 572 billion for mass transit, rail and road projects.