PM announces Rs1100 billion development package for Karachi

PM announces Rs1100 billion development package for Karachi

Karachi (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced a 'historic' Rs1100 development package for Karachi to address the chronic problems of the city.

Flanked by the Karachi committee members including Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, he was briefing the media persons in Karachi on Saturday.

The premier said both the federal and provincial governments will contribute to this package.

"Under this package, the problems of Karachi relating to water will be permanently addressed in a matter of three years," the PM noted.

It has been decided that National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will clear the Nullahs in the provincial capital, he said, adding that there are encroachments in Nullahs and the Sindh government has taken the responsibility to settle the families who will displace as a result of the clearance of the Nullahs.

The prime minister said that the package amount will also be used to address the sewerage, solid waste management and transport issues of the city.

He said the Karachi circular railway project will be completed in addition to improving the road infrastructure from the amount allocated for the Karachi package.

Imran Khan pointed out that coordinated decisions helped the country tackle the issue of coronavirus.

The PM said on the pattern of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a Provincial Coordination Implementation Committee (PCIC) will be established to ensure implementation of the decisions regarding Karachi. He said all stakeholders will be included in this committee.

He said Pakistan Army has played an important role in rescue and relief activities during recent rains in Karachi.

Alluding to the damages inflicted by recent rains in the country, the premier that coordinated efforts will be made to cope with the situation.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran arrived in Karachi for a day-long visit to announce the financial package for the implementation of a transformation plan meant to address the city's issues and developmental requirements, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The premier was accompanied by Information Minister Shibli Faraz and MNA Amir Mahmood Kayani.

During his visit, PM Imran Khan met Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Chief Minister Shah.

He was also briefed about the recent situation in Karachi after the rains.

The prime minister chaired a meeting of the "Karachi committee" upon his arrival which was attended by federal ministers Asad Umar, Shibli Faraz, Syed Ali Zaidi, Aminul Haq, the Sindh governor, the Sindh chief minister and others.