Prime Minister Imran on Saturday announced a ‘historic’ Rs1100 billion financial package for the execution of a transformation plan meant to address the city’s issues and developmental requirements
Briefing media about the Karachi package here at Governor House, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the federal government was fully aware of the problems being faced by the people of Karachi from the past many years and the PTI government has decided to resolve all pending issues of the metropolis.
“One year & three-year plans for Karachi’s transformation have been devised as we’ve decided to resolve issues of Karachi permanently,” he said and added that the Provincial Coordination Implementation Committee (PCIC) has been formed which will monitor the implementation of the Karachi Package.
THE PACKAGE IN BRIEF
The PM said that both the federal and provincial governments will contribute to this package aimed at resolving the mega city’s major issues
The package will address water supply issue with federal and Sindh govt working on a part of the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme, also called K-IV
The second problem package will address is of encroachments on nullahs on which NDMA is already working
The package will also address the city’s sewerage and solid waste disposal issue by ensuring that a proper system be put in place for future
Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) will be completed and roads will be built to resolve the long-standing issue of transport in the megacity
The transformation plan would be implemented through the Provincial Coordination Implementation Committee (PCIC) chaired by the chief minister
The PM assured the people of the city that all stakeholders including the federal government and the army will be involved in the implementation of this package
The PCIC will include all stakeholders, the provincial government, federal government, and the army, he said, adding that the Rs1.1trillion package is also meant to resolve transport, sewerage, and infrastructure development issues in the port city.
PM Khan said that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project will be completed in addition to improving the road infrastructure from the amount allocated for the Karachi package.
“It has been agreed that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will clear the Nullahs in the provincial capital,” said PM Imran and added that there are encroachments over drains that will be removed.
The prime minister said that the Sindh government has taken the responsibility to settle the families who will displace as a result of the clearance of the Nullahs.
The premier further said the problems of Karachi relating to water will be permanently addressed in a matter of three years under the transformation plan.
Alluding to the damages inflicted by recent rains in the country, the prime minister said coordinated efforts will be made to cope with the situation. Imran Khan also lauded the services of the Pakistan Army for playing a very vital role during recent rains in Karachi.
PM arrives in Karachi
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan arrived in Karachi on a day-long visit. He was accompanied by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz and Aamir Mehmood Kiyani.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here at Governor House.
During the meeting, matters about development projects, working relationships between the Centre and Sindh government, and the post-rain situation of Sindh including Karachi were discussed.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail briefed the prime minister about the rain-affected areas and devastation caused by heavy monsoon rains in the metropolis.
PM chairs Karachi Committee meeting
Prime Minister Imran Khan also chaired the Karachi Committee meeting at Governor House.
The meeting was attended by Planning Minister Asad Umar, Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz, IT Minister Amin ul Haque, Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Shah, and Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani.
PM Imran also held a meeting with industrialists and businessmen during his day-long visit. He is also scheduled to visit Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).