Early completion of federal govt projects in Karachi among key priorities: PM

Web DeskWeb Editor

11th Aug, 2021. 11:31 am
Imran Khan

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the early completion of the federal government projects in Karachi and the early launch of the newly-announced works, were among the government’s key priorities.

He also directed all officials concerned to ensure completion of all the projects within the timelines, committed by them, as he was keen to inaugurate them as soon as possible for the welfare and benefit of the people of the city.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting to review the progress of the ongoing development projects under the Karachi Transformation Plan.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Railways Azam Swati, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Zaidi, Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal and senior government officials attended the meeting.

Prime Minister Khan was briefed on the restoration of three major nullahs of Karachi, including Mehmoodabad, Gujar and Orangi, two rivers of Malir and Lyari, construction of roads astride nullah’s, laying of sewerage system and relocation of utilities, a statement issued by the Prime Minister Media Office said.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman said the NED University Study/Survey of all the nullahs was completed and the anti-encroachment drive was in full swing.

He said 100 per cent and 98 per cent progress was achieved on Mehmoodabad and Orangi nullahs, while 89 per cent encroachments were removed from the Gujjar Nullah.

Similarly, 97 per cent and 90 per cent dredging and cleaning works of Orangi and Mahmoodabad nullahs were completed, while 79 per cent progress was achieved on the Gujjar Nullah.

The work on RCC walls of Mehmoodabad Nullah was nearing completion, while it will soon pick up the pace at the other two nullahs.

The prime minister was informed that all the remaining civil works will be completed by June 2022. He was also briefed on the latest update of the Green Line and Orange Line BRT projects.

The Green Line will be operational by October this year, as 80 buses will be arriving at the Karachi Port from China by the middle of September 2021.

Similarly, on the request of the Sindh government, SIDCL (Sindh Infrastructure Development Co Ltd) was also procuring 20 buses for the Orange Line, which were expected to reach Karachi by December 2021.

The Water and Power Development Authority chairman briefed the prime minister on K-IV project for the supply of water to the city.

He said the city was currently drawing 1,200 cusecs (665MGD), including 100MGD from the Hub Dam. The mega-polis was facing severe shortage of water. To mitigate the miseries of the citizens of Karachi, the K-IV project was conceived/executed by the government of Sindh and co-financed by Sindh and federal governments.

However, it remained in limbo for over a decade. Now, the federal government was executing the project through Wapda.

The prime minister was informed that the joint cross-sectional survey was completed up to 85 kilometres and unified consultants and international staff from ILF mobilised.

The final design was likely to be completed by October 2021. The civil works will commence by February 2022. The project is likely to be completed by October 2023.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was then briefed about the railways projects, including the Freight Corridor from Keamari to Pipri Marshalling Yard and Modern Karachi Circular Railway.

The Freight Corridor project, which envisaged construction/dualisation/upgradation of a 50km dedicated freight corridor from Karachi Port to Pipri included the development of an Inland Container Depot/Marshalling Yard at Pipri.

The project is expected to capture 40 per cent of the cargo meant to be transported to the upcountry. The feasibility study of the project has been submitted by the transaction adviser. The project is expected to be floated in the market in October 2021.

The KCR project envisages construction of a 43km long world-class affordable mass transit system, using environment-friendly electric trains. The draft feasibility study has been submitted.

Once the transaction structure and bidding documents are approved by the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authority (P3A) the project is expected to be floated in the market by November 2021.

The prime minister directed the Wapda to ensure the availability of clean and sufficient water for Karachi as early as possible, while adopting all the technically feasible and economically viable methods.

Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that at the moment, the prime minister’s concern and focus was on Karachi, as the metropolitan city had a unique importance for being the economic hub and financial capital of Pakistan.

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