KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday approved Rs8 billion budget out of Rs12 billion Karachi Development Package in phase-II for construction of 14 schemes including roads, drainage, and flyovers.
The announcement in this regard was made in a meeting here at the CM House to review the progress of on-going schemes launched under Karachi Package Phase-I.
Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohial Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Project Director Karachi Package Niaz Soomro, Khalid Masroor and others were also present on this occasion.
The Sindh government had announced Rs12 billion Karachi Package during the last financial year, 2016-17. Out of Rs12 billion new Karachi package the chief minister has approved Rs8.004 billion for 14 schemes while reaming schemes would be approved after completion of their formalities.
The schemes which he approved include Rs350 million construction of road from Tank Chowrangi to Super Highway via Thadho Nalo, Rs280 million reconstruction of Tipu Sultan Road from Shahrah-e-Faisal to Karsaz, Rs1.5 billion construction of bridge at Tipu Sultan and Khalid Bin Waleed Intersection at Shaheed-e-Millat Road; Rs270 million widening of Stadium Road from University Road to Rashid Minhas Road.
The chief minister also approved reconstruction of Lee Market, Juriya Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaaar, Jhona Market areas along with laying new water and sewerage lines. These schemes would cost around Rs644 million.
The other schemes approved are remodeling of 12000 Road Landhi right from Korangi Crossing to Dawood chowrangi- a 12 km road with two bridges for Rs1.5 billion, reconstruction of Cantt Station Road along with laying new sewerage and water supply lines and construction of a storm water drain along the roads for Rs240 million. Improvement of road from Fuwwara Chowk to Garden via Abddullah Haroon Road via Electronic Market, Garden West, Zoological Garden and back to Fuwara Chowk via Ziauddin Road for Rs650, construction of interchange bridge at CCI Intersection for Rs1 billion, widening of bridge over Korangi Nalla near Habib Bank for Rs200 million, construction of bridge at Intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Gizri Boulevard forRs70 million, construction of Storm Water Drain from Star Gate to Chakora Nalla, Shahrah-e-Faisal for Rs200 million, construction of storm water drain from Hassan Square to Lyari River Rs70 million and laying 24 inch dia pipeline from Habib Bank to pump No. 3 for improvement of water supply line for Rs400 million.
The chief minister reviewed the progress of on-going schemes of Karachi package phase-1. He directed Niaz Soomro to expedite the work on Submarine underpass. “This is most important schemes and I want to inaugurate it by end of November.”
Murad directed the local government to personally keep reviewing the progress of storm water drains being constructed along the Shahrah-e-Faisal, the remaining portion, and University road from NED to Safoora Chowarngi.
He also issued directives to start work on new schemes right from the end of this month. “I want you to complete all the formalities, including invitation of tenders etc so that by the end of current month inauguration ceremony of phase-II could be made,” he said.
The chief minister once again urged the local government minister to give him a detailed uplift plan of low-lying areas, katchi abadies and slum areas for development of their infrastructure particularly the construction of their drainage system.