KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he was working hard to make Karachi free from crime, encroachment and all kind of mafias so that people of this beautiful city could lead a peaceful and prosperous life.
This he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Younisabad Bridge at Hawksbay Y-Junction this morning.
The function was attended by Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed, Metropolitan Commissioner Badar Jameel Mendhro, Project Director of the bridge Niaz Soomro and other senior bureaucrats and representatives of the local bodies.
He said that the bridge was originally constructed in 1982, therefore, its condition had deteriorated.
“We have not only constructed the two lane bridge of 378 meter but have also constructed 2.14 kilometer approach roads from both the sides — Y-junction and Manora side,” he said adding that the bridge connects the city with Island of Manora.
The CM said that the people of the area approached him to repair the road from Gul Bai to Younisabad bridge.
“Just now I am asking Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and the mayor Karachi to plan the scheme and get the work started,” he said assuring that he would provide funds as soon as they prepare the scheme.
Murad Shah also deplored over the condition of the jetty of Baba Bhit and said he has personally seen the jetty.
“Its condition is quite precarious and the KPT had to construct it but the work was suspended,” he said and added “the deputy commissioner West on his instructions visited the site and reported him that there were some issues with the contractor which has been settled now.”
He said that he had directed Chief Secretary Sindh Rizwan Memon to talk to KPT authorities and get the work of jetty completed at the earliest.
Talking about the Jetty of Shams Pir, he said it was constructed in 1992 and now its condition was also very poor. He directed the Mayor KMC to start its construction at the earliest and he would provide him necessary funds. “This is important jetty for the people of the area,” he said.
He also spoke about Rs10 bn Karachi package and said it initially had 21 schemes but when execution was started two of them were found to be not feasible. Now 19 schemes are in hand.
“Yes, there were some teething problems when the schemes were started but now work has been launched everywhere in the city,” he said and admitted that the pace of work was not as much fast as he had visualised but even then it was in progress and he kept visiting them off and on to check their pace and quality of the work.
He deplored that some people have started criticizing him that works have not been completed yet “definitely, it (completion) would take some time but I assure you that by the end of June the city would give a pleasant look,” he said.
“I am quite happy that work on almost all the schemes launched under Karachi Package have been kicked off and would complete well in time and in the next budget I would allocate another RS10 billion to make this city beautiful,” the chief minister said.
Murad added that work on widening and reconstruction of Shahrah-i-Faisal has been started and it would change the view of the city. “I am going to start a scheme for face uplifting of the road connecting with Jinnah Terminal,” he said.
He also talked about the recent downpour and said that he, local government minister and the mayor had visited the city and the rain water was disposing off smoothly.
“Since most of the roads and their adjoining areas are dug up for want of development works, therefore there was some issue of traffic jam,” he said and added that most of the storm water drains have been cleansed and the encroachment along their embankments have been removed and still this kind of work was in progress.
“We are here to serve the people of this city and Inshallah this city would soon be counted to be one of the clean, wide and illuminated cities of the world,” he hoped.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Karachi was the city of 250 million souls, therefore it has multiple problems and one of them was law and order.
“Today with the support of people of Karachi we have restored law and order and now have launched a targeted operation against street crime and drug mafia,” he said and added that this operation would also produce good results.
On the occasion, Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar also spoke and they also discussed their efforts for the development of Karachi and its adjoining areas.
Earlier, the chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah alongwith Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar performed launching ceremony of the Younisabad bridge by unveiling the plaque.
The bridge and its connecting road have been constructed at a cost of Rs219 million.