Imran unveils Rs1,100b package for Karachi under Sindh CM
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced Rs1,100 billion package to provide basic infrastructure to the citizens of Karachi, as the city is grappling with the crisis triggered by unprecedented rains in the current monsoon season, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Imran said the multi-billion package had been prepared jointly by the federal and Sindh governments which would contribute to the total amount. However, he did not provide the details of the respective contributions/shares of the Centre or the province.
Addressing news briefing at the Governor’s House in Karachi, the prime minister said a Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) head by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah would oversee the execution of different projects.
The prime minister acknowledged that Karachi faced serious governance problems due to different jurisdictions – including the six cantonment areas and the land owned by different federal departments like the KPT (Karachi Port Trust). But, he added, the PCIC would ensure smooth coordination implementation of projects.
Under this development package, different problems experienced by the Karachiites would be solved on a permanent basis, said Imran.
According to the prime minister, different projects will cover drinking water, desilting of nullahs, sewerage system, solid waste management, transport (mass transit) and roads in the port city.
Imran, who earlier arrived in Karachi on a one-day visit, said all the projects under the package would be completed in a three-year period with three defined stages – short term (one year), medium-term (two years) and long-term (three years).
He also mentioned the serious issue of rehabilitating the people displaced by these projects and said the provincial government had taken responsibility for the purpose.
Imran said his visit to the city affected by the record-breaking rains was delayed because they had been busy in finalising the details.
The prime minister noted that the rains and the resultant floods had also affected a large number of people in interior Sindh and the Centre would soon introduce programme for their assistance.
The current year had presented multiple challenges – coronavirus pandemic and locusts attack – but the latest issue triggered by rains would also be met like the previous ones through coordination, Imran vowed.
In this connection, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday urged the Centre to contribute an equal or double amount for the purpose. Sindh required immediate relief and assistance and hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan would announce a package for the entire province.
Expressing his views and replying to different questions at a press conference in Karachi, Bilawal said the people of Mirpurkhas, Umarkot and Badin too were facing great hardships after the record-breaking rains.
Crops and businesses had been destroyed in the affected region, he said and added that the rains had shattered the 100-year record.